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Document number: 1250
Date: 10 Feb 1825
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MUNDY Harriot Georgiana, née Frampton
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA25(MW)-10
Last updated: 14th December 2010

Abbotsbury Castle <1>
February 10th 1825

My dear Henry

I am sure you will be glad to hear of anything good relating to Uncle William <2> and therefore I do not lose a moment in telling you that Grandmama <3> received a letter from Mr Canning <4> two days ago informing her that he has appointed Uncle Wm Secretary of Legation at Florence, at which of course we are all highly delighted We have not yet heard from Uncle William, but I expect to have the pleasure of congratulating him in person, as I suppose he must come home to get ready for Florence. Ld Burghersh <5> is the Ambassador there but we cannot recollect who was the late Secretary of Legation whose place Wm is to fill. Grandmama desires me to give her kindest love to Aunt Lily <6> and to say that she meant to have told her this good news herself but she has so very many letters of thanks &cc &cc to write that she must put it off for a little while

I hope you got a little note about Signora Antonietto <7> which I enclosed to Mary Talbot, <8> fearing you might have left London; tho I found afterwards that you staid some days longer than you intended originally.

Of course from Ab. you will expect to hear something about the garden, and it is so much improved since I saw it in October that I think it will hereafter surpass all its Dorsetshire rivals. The tender plants are almost all flourishing in spite of very high winds but as the frosts here are very trifling there is a Camellia, Melianthus & Oleander, Cactus opuntia &c all looking as well as those in my greenhouse. He has a Crocus pusillus coming into blow out of doors which I am watching as it looks as if it intended being white, & as I believe he brought it from Naples I am anxious for its well doing here.

Mama <9> sends her kind love to Aunt Lily & pray give mine to Caroline & Horatia <10>

& Believe Me Your Very Affectionate Cousin
Harriet Frampton

I beg you will not forget that you undertook to answer all my effusions at the end of 3 weeks.

Henry Talbot Esqre
Hotel de la Terrasse
Rue de Rivoli
Paris


Notes:

1. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

2. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (17951865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.

3. Juliana Maria Strangways, ne Digby (d. 1842).

4. George Canning (17701827), statesman known for his liberal policies as foreign secretary (18071809, 18221827) and as prime minister for four months during 1827.

5. John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland (17841859), statesman.

6. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, ne Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (17731846), WHFTs mother.

7. See Doc. No: 01241, and Doc. No: 01243.

8. Mary Thereza Talbot (17951861), WHFTs cousin.

9. Lady Harriet Frampton, ne Fox Strangways (d. 1844) .

10. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister, and Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, ne Feilding (18101851), WHFTs half-sister.

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