My Dear Henry
I was disappointed at seeing only the advertisement tho' glad to see how it looked. It attracts the eye more than the former ones, tho' I wonder much at the selection.
I have no notion where you are because you told me you should go to London on the 2d & yet I think I see a faint post mark of Chippenham on the envelope. I gave Emily Murray <2> a No 1 Pencil of Nature <3> the day she went away. She is worthy of it, as a great Admirer of yours. She wished to possess it for the sake of the Letter press, but except Patroclus she did not like the choice & said she had some loose ones of yours a thousand times prettier subjects. People in general are more particular about the first number than any other of their works. She did not think you had done yourself justice. [illegible] Traherne <4> came here Saturday, which is a good sign of your Aunt Mary. <5> Horatia <6> is still at Came. Mr Montgomerie <7> comes Tuesday. Leonora is to be christened Thursday & I think of going back on the 14th -
H. Fox Talbot Esr
1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.
2. Amelia 'Emily' Matilda Murray (1795-1884), author.
3. WHFT, The Pencil of Nature (London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, June 1844-April 1846 [issued in six fascicles]).
4. Related to Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800-1880), WHFT's cousin.
5. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (1776-1855), WHFT's aunt.
6. Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding (1810-1851), WHFT's half-sister.
7. Rev George Stephen Molyneux Montgomerie (1790-1850), close friend of Talbot family, artist, Rector of Garboldisham, near Thetford, Norfolk.