My dear Sir
John Traherne <1> will come to spend a Week with me on Thursday se’nnight, & as your pursuits are nearly similar I hope that you will meet him – I am afraid that till then I shall not have any very good Bed to offer you, but if you are fond of either Hunting or Shooting & will rough it I shall be very happy to see you with Mr Talbot <2> on Monday.
Pray tell Mr T. that I would have gone for three hours without a pinch of snuff for the pleasure which yesterdays Paper afforded me, & that I heartily congratulate him on his Oxford Honours. <3>
With best regards & wishing a merry Xmas to all at Penrice <4>
Very truly Yrs
Dec: 23. 1823.
1. Rev John Montgomerie Traherne (1788–1860), JP & author.
2. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
4. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
5. Penllergaer, Glamorgan, 5 mi E of Loughor: home of the Llewelyn family.