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Document number: 9092
Date: Sun 13 May 1866
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: EDGCUMBE Ernestine Emma Horatia
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

21. Chesham Place

Sunday May 13. 1866

My dear Uncle Henry

Mamma desires me to thank you very much for the letter she found here on our arrival. – We are both so sorry to hear of your having such a bad cough, – but I trust that it is now better. – Mamma would have written herself but she is in bed with a bad cold, which she unfortunately caught in crossing the Channel Thursday: we had a rough passage & she got very wet with the spray. She is taking extra care of herself, as she is very anxious to be well for Carry Edgcumbe’s wedding on Thursday. – We only stayed two days in Paris as we were in a hurry to get home. – but we had a drive with the Dss of Vallombrosa in the Bois de Boulogne which I had never seen before, & with which I was delighted. – We also dined with some friends, M. & Mme de Jaucourt & Mrs & Mrs Hartman (N. B. the ladies are sisters.) M. Persigny came in, in the evening, – very full of politics; – he was pacific in his language, but said Their talked nonsence & based all his finest arguments upon false premises. – Is not the Emperor a regular Mephistopheles? – There is an East wind, & London looks cold & miserable. – Mamma sends her best love. – With mine to all at home. –

Ever yr affecte

Ernestine Edgcumbe

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