Moreton April 3
My Dear Talbot /
Hart Mundy<1> writes me word that you never have had a copy of Wollastons Persius<2> – I felt confident you had had one sent you long ago, probably of the first Edition in his lifetime or I should have not omitted you amongst those to whom the second Edition was forwarded – this I now send; it was prepared by him with the additions of some of the Odes of Horace, all the first edition having been given away, & it being intended by him to print a Second edition tho’ not for Sale.
I have been very much amused by your Etymologies<3> for which I thank you extremely – tho I do not allow that there ever was such a word as “Sparrow Grass” – that being only a Vulgar corruption of Asparagus.
Remember me to Mrs Talbot<4>
& believe me to be Yours very truly
I will send the Persius by some Bath Coach.
1. Harriot Georgiana Mundy, née Frampton (1806-1886); WHFT's cousin & sister-in-law; married William Mundy, 1830.
2. Charlton Byam Wollaston, The Satires of Persius (London: printed by C. Reynell, 1841). Wollaston (1765-1840), Assistant Judge Advocate, was a half brother to James and Mary Frampton.
3. WHFT, English Etymologies (London: J. Murray, 1847).
4. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (30 Jan 1811 - 9 Sep 1880), m. WHFT 20 Dec 1832.