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Document number: 1927
Watermark: 1827
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: STRANGWAYS William Thomas Horner Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 5th November 2011

Dear Henry

I enclose a single flower of my Orchis undulata & Cyrilli which however you have – is not the latter little else than a yellowish white mascula – it has spotted leaves I have discovered to day that Euphorbia Pithyusa sows itself all about the terrace which is a great thing for us. How odd that it being native of the broiling low shores of the Gulf of Genoa should be hardy while I have lost Myrsinites is which I have seen in the Apennines at 3000ft at least, with R. <1> Elephas.

As we are to go to town I hope we shall make the most of the nursery gardens that is the great thing that reconciles me to leaving this place <2> in this weather. Is there not a new evergreen Azalea? I have been dispersing chamæmoly’s all over the garden – I hope you did the same – pray what how fared your Paper Narcissus ours & those at Melbury <3> never appeared <4> since the winter.

Yr Aff

O. undulata has very short bracteæ & unspotted wavy leaves

H. Talbot Esq
31 Sackville Street


1. Rhinanthus.

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

3. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.

4. See Doc. No: 00164.

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