My dear Henry,
I am much gratified by your approval, & it is something to tell you anything new, as I consider you a mine of knowledge. Caroline<1> & several others, whose opinion I particularly care for, have been greatly pleased, & wish it had been longer, but what could I do? No one knew any thing at all, (it is curious that the long retired solitary, should be the one to give information about Court plate;) & in vain I applied to many for knowledge about K. Charles’s plate, which K. & what plate, & what has become of the King of Candy’s throne & Sun?<2> which must of course have been some trophy, & Crownplate,
otherwise [illegible deletion] is perhaps at Windsor; – also some more particulars of the lovely things in the interstices, but no one knew anything, so I could not extend my information further.
Please to send the 5/ in a Post Office order, as I cannot get rid of stamps – to “Lulworth Villa, St Mary Church, Torquay”, which is not my post direction, but I may have an order drawn out anywhere, & it is really nearer to send for.
With much pride in your approval
I am yrs affly
Louisa Charlotte Frampton
I tell Caroline & others, to keep their eyes, & ears open, if they should hear the little book discussed, & see what they can pick up about K. Chs plate &c, now the subject is brought before them, for future use perhaps in another edition.
Did I not tell you it read like a Fairy tale? I feel as if the Huma<3> would fly away.
Torquay – May 19th
Henry Fox Talbot
1. Lady Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding (1808-1881); WHFT's half-sister; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1840–1854 & 1863–1865.
2. Golden Throne of the late King of Candy, Ceylon (now, Sri Lanka), Shri Vikrama Rajasingha (c1780-1832), who was deposed in 1815. His golden throne found its way to Carlton House, London, home of the then Princent Regent, later George IV.
3. The Huma was a bird made of gold and jewels, part of Tippoo Sultan’s throne, captured at Seringapatam, India in 1799.