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Document number: 1944
Date: Wed 1830
Dating: 1830?
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: JOY Henry Hall
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 2nd February 2012

Dear Talbot,

I am sorry you are such a lazy amateur of tree-moving, as to prefer seeing it by proxy; but, as you are, I have done my possible <1> to enlighten your deputy, & furnished him with a copy of Sir Henry Stuart <2> to refresh his recollections at leisure.

If you happen not to go to Town tomorrow, pray come over at two o'clock, & we will move another for you. Say too to Captain Fielding <3> & the Ladies that 2 is the hour instead of 12, which I hope will be more convenient; & that I much regret they cannot contrive to repose upon my (not laurels, but,) occidental planes, [illegible deletion[ after the operation, for the evening. Perhaps, if you stay over tomorrow, you can honor me, &, peradventure, prevail on them to do likewise.

Believe me Very sincerely yours,
H. H. Joy

Harttam [sic] Park
Wednesday morng


1. He means 'do one's best', deriving from the French: 'faire son possible'.

2. He probably means Sir Henry Steuart (1759-1836), The planter's guide, or, A practical essay on the best method of giving immediate effect to wood by the removal of large trees and underwood ... (London: John Murrray, 1828) 2nd edition greatly improved and enlarged.

3. Misspelling for Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780-1837), Royal Navy; WHFT's step-father.

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