August 16. 1814.
My dear Mr Feilding,
We left Moreton <1> for Blandford races on Wednesday, after which I, Kit, & John <2> proceeded in two gigs to Deans Leaze. <3> The rest of the party to the amount of about twenty, followed us very late. Next day, they all returned to the races, except I, who preferred to stay at Dean’s Leaze. They all came back at night. Aunt Louisa & Lord Lansdowne <4> left us Saturday. I think Deans Leaze an extremely pleasant place, & should have thought it still more so, if the weather had not been so rainy.
What [illegible deletion] We left Deans Leaze yesterday at one oclock & did not arrive here till half past twelve, though it is only 51 miles. – . We experienced considerable difficulty in getting any tea, which did not come till just one oclock. We leave Bath about seven this evening for Clifton <5> We met Marianne <6> at Blandford Races. You have not written to me Lately – Pray do. –
York House Bath
July 16: 1814
31 Sackville St <7>
1. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.
2. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
3. Deans Leaze, Dorset.
4. Louisa Emma Petty Fitzmaurice, née Fox Strangways, Marchioness of Lansdowne (1785-1851), Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1837-1838, WHFT's aunt; and her husband, Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), MP, WHFT’s uncle.
5. Clifton, Bristol, on the Avon Gorge.
7. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT.