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Document number: 2016
Date: 07 Jul 1830
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: NAPIER Caroline Amelia, née Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 16th December 2010

Battle House
Bromham <1>

July 7th 1830

My dear Mr Talbot

As I hear you are now at Laycock I will no longer delay thanking you for your kind present of The Legendary Tales <2> which I found here on my return from Weymouth ten days ago. If I have appeared very negligent in not doing so sooner it is only because I knew nothing of their arrival until my return home.

They have I assure you afforded us all the greatest amusement and interest and I am quite anxious to hear that your sister Caroline <3> has made drawings of some of the most striking scenes, several of which would I think be beautiful subjects, particularly from the Magic Mirror, the Danish Legend and Rosina, and also from some of the little Legends in the presentiment.

If Lady Elisabeth <4> and your sisters are yet at Laycock pray give them my kind love. Colonel Napier <5> desires me to add his kind regards to you all. He is quite wild with eagerness and anxiety about the astonishing news from France <6> most impatient for intelligence and in short he can think and talk of nothing else.

Believe me yours very sincerely
Caroline Napier


Notes:

1. Wiltshire.

2. WHFT, Legendary Tales, in Verse and Prose (London: James Ridgway, 1830).

3. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister.

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

5. William F P Napier.

6. A reference to the July Revolution in France in 1830.