22 Febry 1837
Here is a small living in your gift. – If you think it worth while, looking after – & not parting with it, till you have yourself ascertain’d the value, I should be most happy to see you at the Canonry – & to shew you the Pictures, which I shew’d Lady Valetort, <1> & which I had Painted, to illustrate my history of Lacock.
If you have not determin’d on whom to bestow
them this living, & are at a loss about a Possessor, (which is not indeed very likely) – I can recommend an Excellent young Man, by the name of Macrae,<2> well known here – a popular preacher, & who would be of great advantage to the parish. – At all events I should be most happy to see your [sic] here, where you will be sure of a Knife & fork, & [illegible deletion] a kind canonical hospitality, as long as you stay – & believe me,
always yours truly
W. L. Bowles
Henry Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey Chippenham
31. Sackville Street
1. Misspelling for the wife of Lord Valletort, Lady Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding (1808-1881); WHFT's half-sister; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1840–1854 & 1863–1865.2. An unusual name in the list of clergy members. It might have been Isaac Vanden Heuvel Macrae(born, US, 1820) who matriculated at Oxford in 1840 and became Curate of Wensley, Yorkshire.