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Document number: 368
Date: 07 Aug
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: STRANGWAYS William Thomas Horner Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

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Dear Henry

I wish I could help you to a gardener <1> – I do not know anyone of the Abb <2>-School for you –

I continue to receive beautiful things from Abb I took this morning a Cargo to Mr Anderson <3> who is worth cultivating.

Among them was a Dianthus ciliatus a non ciliando Aster sericeus & another – Leptospermum juniperinum & rosmarinifolium – an odd sticky leafy shrub with pale yellow ringent flower in a shell shape name unknown. Crocus sativus, Colchicum montanum, Oxalis variabilis, Bignonia grandiflora – &c. &c. –

I am curious to see your sympathetic ink <4>. We have cyphers, but besides trouble – the great risk of mistakes (which are serious) prevents their being much used now for long papers – besides several of the old ones are known & they must be changed from time to time

Nobody ever has a Cypher with a key nowadays for general use in an Office – they are all regular Grammars & Dictionarys on no divinable principle & therefore & on account of their copiousness difficult to compose, to use, & to be discovered.

Yr Aff


Do you know two plants by name of Saxifraga hirta?


1. WHFT was looking for a gardener in 1835–1836. [See Doc. No: 03177].

2. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

3. William Anderson (1766–1846), curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1814 to his death. [See Doc. No: 00154, and Doc. No: 00158].

4. See Doc. No: 03034.

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