Corsham House <1>
My Dear Sir
I feel particularly obliged to you for recollecting
me and inviting, me to be of your party on Tuesday and I should certainly have availed myself of the opportunity of meeting you had I the least chance of being able to get out so soon.
I am sorry to say I am now at the mercy of the Weather, even as to leaving my room, and trying whether I can walk out for a short time without bringing back my old symptoms. Every attempt I have made for this last month has produced an accession of cold but I am in hopes with more care I may yet make a more successful debut the first tolerable day, and be able to shoot again before T [sic] Season is over.
I was very desirous, before I received your note, of explaining to you why I had not called and the more so as Mrs Methuen <2> told me you had been here three times I certainly was not aware of your having been here more than once though I am not less annoyed on that account at the apparent incivility of which I have been guilty in not calling at all.
Pray explain this with my compliments to Lady Elizabeth <3> and all at the Abbey and Believe me very faithfully yours
1. Corsham Court, Wiltshire, 3 mi NW of Lacock: seat of Ld Methuen.
2. Jane Dorthea Methuen, née Mildmay (1789–1846).
3. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.