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Document number: 9194
Date: Tue 19 Feb 1867
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MEREWETHER Henry Alworth, jnr
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 4th February 2013

Bowden Hill, <1>

Tuesday. Feb: 19. 1867.

My dear Mr Talbot –

I have been doing my best to try, and accommodate matters about the shooting you were kind enough to give me –

But having failed to arrange with Lord Lansdown and Mr Phillips <2> being such a bad neighbour I am sorry to say I must give it up in despair.

In addition to this your tenants are so ill-conditiond & young Joe Croker <3> so impertinent, that I should feel myself quite unsafe in their hands –

Therefore with my warmest thanks for your great kindness, I return you the concession you were good enough to make me.

In return for it may I venture to mention that whoever has the duty of looking after your woods very much neglects them to your injury –

With my renewed thanks and our best Compts to Mrs Talbot & your daughters <4>

Believe me Yours sincerely obliged
Henry Alworth Merewether


1. Bowden Hill, Wiltshire, 1 mi SE of Lacock.

2. Henry Chas Keith Petty Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne; Earl of Shelburne (1845–1927).

3. Tenant farmer at Nethermore, habitually in arrears with his rent.

4. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife & Ela Theresa Talbot (1835–1893), WHFT’s 1st daughter, Rosamond Constance ‘Monie’ Talbot (1837–1906), artist & WHFT’s 2nd daughter & Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark, ‘Tilly’, née Talbot (1839–1927), WHFT’s 3rd daughter.

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