October 30th 1811
My dearest Henry
I am delighted to find by the turn of your letters that you are occupied & amused & still more so to hear of your having so soon distinguished yourself I was quite sure you would (as soon as you became used to the way of the school) fulfill all my hopes & expectations. I trust also from your not mentioning the contrary that you are happy and comfortable & like the school better than you expected. I am afraid I shall not have the pleasure of hearing from you again as I shall be on the move till I get to Town. I cross over from Whitehaven to Annan Friday to pay a visit to the Marquis of Queensbury <1> & I had some idea of going to Edinburgh for a few days but fear it will be impossible for me to find time I shall call at Netherby St James Grahams <2> at Walton Mr Johnsons & probably at Newby Ld Granthams <3> in my way South & mean to be in Town on the 20th of November or thereabouts You may perhaps find that you can do without Trousers till I see you, but if you want them before that time they had better be made at Harrow <4> Whitehaven where I now am is a Town belonging to Ld Lonsdale <5> with immense coal works, which supply Dublin & many other Irish Places, besides the country round the Town & the Town itself We have had a Ball, to which all the Towns People came & we danced till 3 oClock.
God bless you my dear Boy & Believe me Yr most affte Friend
1. Sir Charles Douglas, 5th Marquis of Queensbury (17771837).
2. James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose (17991874).
3. Thomas Philip Robinson, 3rd Baron Grantham (17811859).
4. Harrow School: WHFT attended from 18111815 and his son Charles from 1855-1859.
5. William Lowther, 2nd Viscount Lowther, Earl of Lonsdale (17571844).