Penrice Augst 19
I write to rouse you a little!
My dear Henry
It was a great disappointment to Charry your not being at Bath for the Archæological meeting <1> and I hope You were not prevented by any illness in the family? Mr Traherne & Charry paid a visit to Mr Octavius Morgan in their way home, he lives at the Friars Newport, & there they saw a very fine Catalpa now in great beauty. the tree was raised from a seed brought by Mr O. Morgan from Italy about 30 years ago. I think it must be as great a treasure as your Tulip tree! Charry says she never saw so fine a flower out of Italy. –
Jane is on her way home now but as she leaves Lucy behind at Como or some such place she will not remain in England but return to her before the winter. – Chrisr has got his Daughters in the Yacht & they are now gone to Bordeaux I believe, when they will return I do not know. Therezas Mr Maskelynes are in Switzerland delighted with the scenery and the wild plants &c &c they write home famous accounts of their proceedings & seem to enjoy themselves thoroughly. – Mr Llewelyn & Emma have been photographing in the Vale of Neath. we have had two wet days, very much wanted in general tho’ every one is in the midst of the Harvest hereabouts but now it seems fine again & they will go on no doubt – Mr Franklen & Isabella with 2 Sons & 2 Daughters are now at Clemenstone so now having given You an account of the family in general I shall conclude with love to all your party. –
Ever your affate coz Mary
1. The Archeaological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland held their annual meeting at Bath, starting 20 July 1858.