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Document number: 1734
Date: Sat 01 Nov 1828
Postmark: 2 Nov 1828
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: FRAMPTON Harriot Louisa, ne Fox Strangways
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA28-88
Last updated: 30th January 2012

Moreton <1>
Saturday Novr 1st

My dr Henry

Lily <2> writes me word that you are at Brighton, & I beg you will no longer waste your sweetness in such a distant spot, but make haste here as fast as Mails will bring you I have sent you at least a dozen pressing messages in every one of your Mothers letters, which seemed to be flying over the Country some to Dieppe, some to Paris &c but I hope you got them I expect your Mother & Sisters <3> Thursday, Lily insists that they shd not put it off another hour, hour [sic] repeated ever since I was so absurdly generous as to let them go to Melbury <4> after I once had them safely housed here Henry <5> goes to town next the week after next to keep his term & will be absent here a week & is engaged to pay a visit in Cotehele <6> on the 23d so thus if they do not come here they will see nothing of him I hope Kit <7> will come while they are here as he is at Melbury & is to come here as soon as he can. You so often have cheated us of a visit, that I shall be be chagrin <8> if you cheat us now & as your Mother wrote to tell me where to write to you, I suppose she will not grudge you to us. We dine at past 6 & hope you will be here Wednesday or Thursday at latest, if I hear nothing.

Ht Frampton

This letter is I think rather fierce considering you have not refused to come this time, but old grudges will be revived & I fear I can never get you when I want you & this is always & it is a proof of my love & affection

1 Nov [illegible]
Henry Fox Talbot Esqr
Post Office
Brighton


Notes:

1. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.

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

3. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister, and Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, ne Feilding (18101851), WHFTs half-sister.

4. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.

5. Henry Frampton (1804-1879).

6. Cotehele, Cornwall: ancient house, seat of the Earl of Mt Edgcumbe, now a National Trust Property.

7. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (18031890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFTs Welsh cousin.

8. Sad.

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