Erlestoke Park Devizes <1>
July 20 1865
My dear Talbot
As one of Ld C. Bruce’s committee<2> I to ask you to vote for him on Friday. His friends seem afraid that many supporters think his cause certain of success & that they may therefore not exert themselves –
I was very glad to see Charles<3> in town & was much pleased with his earnestness about his profession. I sd have tried to shew him more hospitality but was absent last week on Super Electionary business.
I am sorry that I cannot come to call upon you at Lacock before I return to town but my wife was unwell when I left & I expect Horace <4> for School tomorrow with best regards to Your family
Yours vy truly
1. Erlestoke Park, Devizes, Wiltshire, home of Simon Watson Taylor (1810-1902), MP.
2. The committee for the election to Parliament of Lord Charles William Brudenell-Bruce (1834-1897) - he was successful and sat as MP for North Wiltshire 1865-1874.
3. Charles Henry Talbot, (2 Feb 1842 - 26 Dec 1916), 'Charlie'; 'Tally'; antiquary & WHFT's only son.
4. Lt Horace Charles Gaisford (1851-1879), WHFT's nephew and the only child of his late half-sister, Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding(1810- 9 Aug 1851).