My dear Henry
Mama <1> is much obliged to you for assisting her about Nicholls Progresses, & she is going to give you a little more trouble & ask you to pay one more visit to Thorpe’s shop<2> – You said that the Reprint of Nicholls’, price £5 · 5 in boards was the same as the 10 guineas edition, excepting that it has no Latin, but Mama wants to know what part, & how much, of the original work is in Latin – & she will be much obliged to you to look at the Latin & write her word what it is about – If it is nothing but Gracious she shd not care about it, but if it is an Appendix, with lists of goods &c &c of course she would be sorry to have that part omitted – · When you make this pilgrimage to Thorpe I should be much obliged to you to get there for me the 4 following books, & to send them to Henry <3> in Bury St who will take care of them & forward them to me.
5210. Henault, Abrégé Chronologique de l’Histoire de France <4> – Paris 1775. 3 Vols. 8o – 4/6
3315. Istoria del Cardinal Alberonie– <5> Vellum 2/ Amsterdam 1720 – 8o –
5272. Historia della Vita di Carlo 5. Duca di Lorena e di Bar – <6> portrait 4to Venet: 1699 – 4/
7204. Walpole’s <7> Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors of England – 2 Vols – 8o – 1759 – – 5/–
I hope these will not give you a great deal of trouble, as I have a great fancy for them – Uncle William <8> says in his last letter that he has been on a botanising Tour through Calabria &c he seems to have been much pleased with Taranto & its neighbourhood as he met with many curious old houses & amusing people. It was dated from Lecce but of course he did not say whither he was returning to Naples or not. – I have a lovely Geranium of his in blow now, but [the?]<9> rest of my garden is not worth looking at as the cold winds have prevented all flowers from shewing their faces as yet. – Tell Caroline & Horatia <10> & we go in the Boat a great deal, & long for them to help to row – tho’ we are much improved.– Louisa <11> is not allowed to, of course –
Your aff Cousin
Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville St
1. Lady Harriet Frampton, née Fox Strangways (d. 1844) .
2. John Nichols, The Progresses and Processions of Queen Elizabeth I (London 1788-1823). Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851), bookseller, London.
3. Henry Frampton (1804-1879).
4. Written by Charles-Jean-François Hénault (1685–1770), and Pierre Jean Boudot.
5. Written by Jean Rousset de Missey (1686–1762), and published in Amsterdam: Per Ipigeo Lucas, 1720.
6. Written by Giovanni Carlo Bonlini (1673–1731), and Isabella Piccini, and published in Venice: Presso li Conzatti e Pietro Batti, 1699.
7. Horace Walpole (1717–1797).
8. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.
9. Text torn away under seal.
10. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister, and Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding (1810–1851), WHFT’s half-sister.
11. Louisa Charlotte Frampton.
12. James Frampton (1769–1855), High Sheriff.
13. George Sale, The Koran (1734).
14. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.