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Document number: 1147
Dating: 1833-1834, addressed to WHFT as MP - Dorchester Penny Post
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: STRANGWAYS William Thomas Horner Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 10th March 2012

Melbury <1>

Dear Henry

All the plants in my list were out of doors – I shall give you another when I return to Abb. <2> the end of the week.

Thank you for the seeds, Lobelia Bivonæ & Erica Sicula are 2 Plants I want more than any – I will send you a specimen of Sedum litoreum Does anybody know the true Hispanicum? Your [sexfidum?] is I believe Tenores <3> pallens & the Hispanicum of most gardens.

I have been studying Crocuses & enclose you a poor specimen of suaveolens, Bert. from the Valle D’Inferno –<4> certainly distinct from Imperati, the nearest to it, in having a simple greenish spatha, a tall yellow stigma little indented, & a different look. One of the variegated vernus, has a white stigma. I am all curiosity to know more about Hyacinthus spicatus. <5> Which of Gussones <6> Sedums did you find at Nice – Pray continue to keep S. ceruleum or heptapetalum I have often sent roots of Arum tenuifolium but they never do – where did you get it? when I get back to Ab. I will send you some bits of Sedums as they seem so hardy. I hope you brought some of the yellow or pale Iris pumila it is not common in gardens. They will have the common great glaucous Euphorbia in Italy to be biglandulosa & that Myrsinites is dwarfer but I don’t know – E. fruticosa is what I want now. Have you the great Italian Characias which is now found out to be neither Characias nor Veneta, & which I call provisionally E. Italica – it is very handsome for Shrubberies. I cannot get Spinosa up. I enclose Marys <7> list what is your Narcissus? Had you any Campanula seed from me – or Arabis rosea & collina or the true Alyssum deltoideum we having been all along taken in by an Impostor. When do you go to town?

Yr Aff

Cynoglossum omphaloides <8>
Polygala chamæbuxus
Scorpion Senna
Evergreen Cytissus [sic]
– do triflorus
White hose in hose
red Jack in the box!
Christmas roses
nettle leaved Celsia
Black Lavender
Arabis rosea
Rubus Chinensis
Fragaria Indica
Calycanthus præcox
Oxalis purpurea
Heleborus[sic] viridis
Andropogon dalechampii
Corchorus japonica
Double daisies
Nettle leaved Campan.
Pittosporum tobira
Fragaria nivalis?
Gilia capitata
double daffodils
Mr Whately’s cistus a brilliant rose colour


Persian Cyclamens not quite in flower here, being in a shady spot, but they are very fine at Mrs Dillwyn’s <9> close to Swansea & have been flowering very well for some time past. –

My Raddis <10> very forward some ¼ yd high! –

Anemone coronaria Diosma odorata
– Cumæ Œnothera Lindleyana
– double Scarlet Hortensis Honey Alyssum
Purple Senecio Narcissus Italicus
Coronilla Valentina true Soleil d’or
Yellow Xeranthemum – papyracea
Crocus vernus – Henry’s?
– pusillus Yellow Jessamine
buff & lilac Double Brompton Stock
purple & [illegible word] sing[l] do
Scotch [Queen?]stocks
Winter Acconites Pyrethrum ( Jane’s <11>)
Laurustinus – single do
Medit. Stock Geranium, Clemenstone <12>
Evergreen Candytuft Periwinkles big & little
Gibraltar do Double furze
White Chrysanthemum bracket symbol - left Pyrus japonica
Yellow do Lithospermum orientale
Buff do Coreopsis tinctoria
Spanish brown do Mezerion
Yellow button do Pelargonium of sorts
Echium Creticum Cistus Albidus
Yellow Alyssum – sage leaved
– do orientalis – poplar leaved
Rosa Indica red
– pink
– minima
– Ronalds seedling
do yellow Banksia
double Wallflower
single do –
winter do –
warted Hypericum
double lilac primroses
double white
single of all colours
Erica Arborea
– Carnea
– Medit.
Shrubby Oxeye daisy
Lavatera annua
– Ambigua
– punctata
white fumitory
– Dr Buckland’s <13>
Broad leaved thrift
Lady Radnor’s <14> rocket
Himâlaya dead nettle
Cornelian Cherry
Spotted Lungwort
Double snowdrops
single snowdrops
[Starch?] hyacinths
White hyacinths
Scilla bifolia
Double pink Hepatica
single blue do
Veronica buxbaumia
Russian violets &cc

Only think <15> of Hermannia alnifolia being quite hardy & full of flower – Let me know if the bulbs & large sedums you had 3 years ago are doing & if you want more –

Henry F. Talbot Esq MP
Lacock Abbey


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

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

3. Michel Tenore (1780–1861), Italian botanist & traveller.

4. Prof Antoine Bertoloni (1793–1868), Italian botanist, who classified this species. The Valle d’Inferno, or Valley of Hell, was a frequently used name, but probably this was the one near Caserta, not far from Naples where Strangways had his diplomatic posting.

5. See Doc. No: 02626 of March 1833.

6. Giovanni Gussone (1787–1866), Italian botanist.

7. Mary Thereza Talbot (1795–1861), WHFT’s cousin.

8. A list of plants, in hand of Mary Talbot.

9. Mrs Lewis Weston Dillwyn of Sketty Hall, near Swansea, mother-in-law of Emma Thomasina Llewelyn, née Talbot (1806–1881), photographer; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.

10. Tulipa Raddi.

11. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796–1874).

12. The home of Isabella Catherine Franklen, née Talbot (1804–1874).

13. William Buckland (1784–1856), Dean of Westminster & scientist.

14. Probably Judith, daughter of Sir Henry Mildmay and second wife of William Pleydell-Bouverie, 3rd Earl of Radnor.

15. Written in WTFHS’s hand, with address on verso.

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