July 3d –
Dear Mr Talbot
I am sorry Emily’s <1> last letters have not contain’d quite so good a report of dear Constance, <2> as either your letter or her former ones. To be sure the sudden changes in the weather were very trying, still I fear she is not shaking off her uncomfortable feelings in a way that I hoped she would have done – of the little Ela <3> nothing can be more charming than E’s report, & I rather think when she returns to us, she will leave Baby with almost as much regret as she does Mamma.
Emily enquires whether there is a steamer from Southampton after 3 o’clock, – there is now a third at 5. – which whenever she returns will I hope render it more convenient. perhaps she would tell you we have been trying to persuade Mr M– <4> (to save you all trouble & Constance the loss of your society) to fetch Emily – making you & Constance a short visit which I am sure he wod enjoy – excessively – but we cannot prevail – so we must abandon it – we would at all events meet her at Southampton so that you shd not have the trouble of crossing except you could stay in comfort for a night or two. could we be further useful? we are quite ignorant of the line of communication between Southampton & Lacock in regard to coaches – by which you probably would return after having escorted Emily. – Has Lady Elisabeth <5> yet arranged her plans & is there any chance of her return? – We have as yet seen nothing of the south coast of the Island reserving the trip till Emily joins us. – We had a beautiful day for going on board the Pique yesterday, which we accomplished with great ease. –
I have not see anything like a nursery garden in this neighbourhood, which is a loss at this season of the year.
I do I rather envy you your beautiful roses, tho’ I have no doubt Constance & Emily will fully appreciate them – We have again most enjoyable weather & Cowes is filling fast. – only think of Mr Mellish <6> having got the chicken pox! Mrs Chambers <7> write Laura <8> word she was uneasy about him as he was very unwell, & what was the matter with him they could not tell for some time, – how very juvenile.
Believe me ever Yours most Truly
H. F. Talbot Esq
1. Emily Mundy (1807– 5 November 1839), sister of Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
2. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
3. Ela Theresa Talbot (25 Apr 1835 - 25 Apr 1893), WHFT’s 1st daughter.
4. Francis Mundy (1771–1837), politician and father of Constance Talbot.
5. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.
6. Richard Charles Mellish (d. 1865). He joined the Foreign Office as a junior clerk in 1824 and from 1831 to 1841 was Clerk Assistant to Under-Secretaries.
7. Mr Mellish’s aunt.
8. Laura Mundy (1805–1842), WHFT’s sister-in-law.