August 12th 1834
If you will call, at 25 – Parliament Street, as you go down to the house, you may see – Mr J. G. Nicholls, <1> the intelligent young Man who called with me at Lacock, & he will take charge of Mrs Talbot’s <2> drawing, <3> to whom I beg my best remembrances, returning many thanks.
Pray, see Mr Nicholls, himself – & tell him from me, or rather shew this letter – then the Passage – about Edward – “Fortis Agonista ad Exitium” <4> from the Norman writer – is most important – & so God have you, in good keeping & send you both, safe over the waters, back to the House of Lacock & the cloisters of Ela <5> –
& believe me &ca truly –
W. L. Bowles.
H. F. Talbot Esqr M. P.
31 Sackville Street
In this packet <8> is a letter of W. L. Bowles, August 12 1834. Mentions John Gough Nichols.
1. Probably a misspelling for John Gough Nichols (1806–1873), London printer & author.
2. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
3. It is not clear whether it is a drawing by Constance Talbot or one owned by her. It is possibly the view of Lacock Abbey “drawn in 1834” that Nichols used as a frontis to Bowles’ Annals and Antiquities of Lacock Abbey, in the County of Wilts… (London: L.J. B. Nichols & Son, 1835).
4. A strong combatant till death.
5. Ela (d. 1261), Countess of Salisbury, who founded the abbey of Lacock in 1232.
6. Magdalen Bowles, née Wake (1772-1844).
7. Louisa Emma Petty Fitzmaurice, née Fox Strangways, Marchioness of Lansdowne (1785-1851), wife of Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1837-1838; WHFT's aunt.
8. The remainder of the text is written in another hand on a separate slip.