Charles Harte letter to Lionel Walter Rothschild
Hon L. W. Rothschild
Having a conversation with Dr Stradling, Re – serpents, he advised me to write you. I have a very fine specimen, A. Reticulator, about fifteen feet long, a really magnificent snake, and as you know, very scarce, I don't know whether there is another in England, they are so rare. The reason I am selling him is I am pressed for room, as I have so many Indian Pythons, which are more suitable for handling in Mdlle Paula's performance.
He can be seen any time by appointment; or, I will send him on to you. Pardon the liberty in writing, but hearing of your very fine park at Tring, I thought you would like him.
Awaiting the favour of your reply.
I am Honrd Sir
Your Obedient Servant