My dear Henry
I have many thanks (long due) to give you for your Photogenics. <1> They show the art in progress & are much more minute than any which I have yet seen taken from Nature. The interior, with the bust on the table <2> is quite a picture –
Your Hermes <3> I shall get as soon as I get to London – thanks for telling me that it is ready – My sisters death, has obliged me to see less company than usual, – & I have had a little leisure to fumble amongst my Books – & I think I shall print what I have written. It is chiefly of local interest, but not entirely so: & if I am not ashamed of my work I will send you a copy –
I have had several lots of Orchidaceæ lately, & am almost at the end of my accommodation for them – I must build a House or take lodgings for them – My Love to Lily & Horatia, & Mrs Henry. <4> I hope her Health is not affected by the loss of her sister.
Yrs vy truly
1. That is, photogenic drawings.
2. Probably ‘The Oriel Window at Lacock Abbey, with the bust of Patroclus’, Larry J Schaaf, Out of the Shadows; Herschel, Talbot & the Invention of Photography (London: Yale University Press, 1992), p. 90, Schaaf 2319.
3. WHFT, Hermes: or Classical and Antiquarian Researches, No. 2. (London: Longman, Orme, Green, Brown & Longman, 1839).
4. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother; Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding (1810–1851), WHFT’s half-sister; Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
5. Carclew, Cornwall, 3 mi N of Penryn: seat of Sir Charles Lemon.