Feby 20 1848
I beg to thank you for acquainting me with Lord Mt Edgcumbe’s <1> movements – His last letter to me was dated the 22d January – I would perceive his inclination then was to Land, and resume possession of his former residence, if circumstances permitted – but that he was very doubtful what course events would take – Perhaps the best guarantee for the safety of the English residents, will be the withdrawal of the Neapolitan troops, and the removal of the danger of conflict; – and still more the presence of an English Man of War –
His absence is, at the present moment, most unfortunate for a matter which may naturally affect the personal comfort of the Family at Mount Edgcumbe. – The Vicarage of Maker <2> has just become vacant by the death of the Incumbent, the Presentation belonging to the Lord Chancellor; – and as the Clergyman of the Parish is Lord Mt E’s Almone <3>, & there must be much intercourse between them, the appointment is one in which he must take great interest. I think his wishes would be to retain the present Curate, who is his Lordship’s domestic Chaplain, and has been at Maker for 14 or 15 years. – I wrote to Lord Mt E. as soon as the intelligence of the vacancy was received here. –
I am Dear Sir
Your faithful Servt
HF Talbot Esq
H. F. Talbot Esqre
1. Ernest Augustus Edgcumbe, Lord Valletort, 3rd Earl of Mt Edgcumbe (1797–1861), WHFT’s brother-in-law
2. A parish on the peninsula jutting into the English Channel on the West side of Plymouth Sound, including Mount Edgcumbe.
3. The Chaplain or other church officer who is in charge of distributing assistance to the poor.