My dear Talbot
Since Emily wrote to Constance, <1> & which letter we hope she will have read before you open this, our worst fears have been realized respecting my poor Mother. <2> She quietly expired soon after 3 o’clock today, without having appeared to suffer much since yesterday. Of course we could not be prepared for so sudden a blow, yet I am thankful to say my Sisters have borne it admirably & my Father <3> is tolerable. Pray break this to Constance as quietly as you can, as she has not altogether recovered her accustomed strength. Give all our tenderest loves to her & believe me
Ever yours sincerely
H.F. Talbot Esqr
31. Sackville St
1. Emily Mundy (1807–1839), WHFT’s sister-in-law, and Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
2. Sarah Leaper Mundy, née Newton (d. 10 March 1836), WHFT's mother in law.
3. Francis Mundy (1771–1837), politician and father of Constance Talbot.