My dear Henry
I have today heard from Harriot,<1> who with Mr Mundy<2> wishes me to send you a copy of some Verses which I have lately had reprinted,<3> & which have met with their approbation as well as others. Nothing pleases me better than to ask your acceptance of a Copy, but it is so long since we have met, that perhaps I should not have screwed up my courage to send you one, but for their naming it. Two good judges C. Mount Edgecumbe [sic]<4> & Sophy Hylton<5> have gratified me very much by their earnest approval, & I shall be very glad of yours; but I hope you have not forgotten me so much as to think I want pretty speeches if they are not to your mind, nor do I think you would waste your time in making them. They were written many years ago as you will perceive, & I then showed them to poor Sir Charles Lemon,<6> who greatly approved of them, & tried to get them into an Annual, but Annuals said they only took their own fashionables, so I let them remain in obscurity until lately an accident made me reprint them, & show them to my friends.
Your affte cousin
Louisa Charlotte Frampton
Torquay – Septr 26th
Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
1. Harriot Georgiana Mundy, née Frampton (1806-1886); WHFT's cousin & sister-in-law; married William Mundy, 1830.
2. William Mundy (1801-1877), politician, WHFT's brother-in-law.
3. [Enclosed:] verses titled A Dream. Dedicated to “England’s Great Hero,” Arthur Duke of Wellington. (Vision of Wellington’s arrival in Heaven. Rhyming couplets; dated December 12th, 1845. W. died in 1852).
4. Lady Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding (1808-1881); WHFT's half-sister.
5. Lady Sophia Penelope Jolliffe, née Sheffield (1822-1882); first m. WTHF Strangways, 21 July 1857; second m. 1st Baron Hylton.
6. Sir Charles Lemon (1784-13 Feb 1868), politician & scientist; WHFT's uncle.