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Document number: 6888
Date: 22 Dec 1853
Dating: see Doc no 06903
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BRETT Edmund Percy
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: Acc no 20781 (envelope only)
Last updated: 27th January 2015

Lacock Vicarage
Decr 22

My dear Sir,

May I venture to ask you to Contribute towards a Fund which I am forming for Furnishing some of the most Necessitous poor of Lacock with coals during the present severe weather –

I shd also feel obliged for your & Mrs Talbot’s subscriptions to the Schools amounting to £10 according to the account left by Mr Matthews – viz

Yrself £6 + Mrs Talbot £1 = 7 Natl schools

………2 + …………….1 = 3 Inft………..


I am sure we ought all to be very grateful to you for Yr handsome present of a site for the new Cemetery – it is what is sadly needed here; it beig [sic] impossible to dig a decent grave – I am glad to find that the farmers are beginning to see the necessity of a Mortuary Chapel – they seemed very much inclined to oppose its creation at first – it wd of course be most inconvenient both to the mourners & Clergyman to go into the Church with the Corpse & then be compelled to pass through the village to the Grave–

My wife unites with me In Kind Compliments to Mrs Talbot & YrSelf –

Believe me Yrs very Faithfully
E Percy Brett

W.H.F. Talbot Esqr
Greta Bank

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