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Document number: 514
Date: 02 Sep 1810
Recipient: FEILDING Charles
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA10-5
Last updated: 25th May 2010

Rottingdean <1>
Septber 2nd 1810

My Dear Mr Feilding,

I would have written to you sooner only I wrote such a long letter to Mamma, <2> that I had nothing more to say, for I do not like to write the same thing twice: but now I have plenty to say to you. About 5 oclock Monday morning Burrowes got up & dressed himself, & took his Bible & two story books under his arm, & run away as fast as he could to Brighton where he tried to sell his books but nobody would buy them, he bought some gingerbread, & run on; at Preston he met a turnpike man, who gave him a good breakfast, & told him that he had a coach with four horses coming which would carry him gratis to London, supposing that whoever was his master (for he had told him that he had run away from school) would take four horses for greater expedition. So He staid there till Mr Hooker <3> caught him & brought him back. I am very tired it is so dreadfully hot

Your affectionate Son
W. H. F. Talbot

Capt. Feilding


1. Rottingdean, East Sussex, 4 mi SE of Brighton: WHFT attended school there from 18081811.

2. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, ne Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (17731846), WHFTs mother.

3. Rev. Thomas Redman Hooker (1762-1838), WHFT's tutor at Rottingdean and a most interesting character. His career prospects were seemingly cut short when his father lost his fortune to an industrial accident. Hooker became the private secretary to the Duke of Dorset, learned French, took Holy Orders and through the Duke's influence established an influential school. His pupils included the nephews of the Duke of Wellington and of Napoleon Bonaparte. He was also active in the local smuggling ring. See Arthur R. Ankers, revised by Michael Smith, Sussex Cavalcade (Sevenoaks: Hawthorns Publications, Ltd., 1992), pp. 97-100.

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