My dear Henry
Your short letter has just arrived & also two of the three which you say you forwarded but not until we sent a second time did they make their appearance, I am convinced we do not receive all our letters & I am particularly anxious at present about Isabella & Emma <1> who have the Whooping Cough which makes it doubly provoking. You had better not forward any more after next week for we shall certainly be at Rome on the 21st or 22d – I am quite sorry you shd have had so much trouble about the Lodgings. Mr Nicholl <2> has desired the 14 Louis to be paid to you at Torloni’s I am almost ashamed to ask you to look for rooms for us but I hope you will take compassion on us & the day before we arrive see that we have some place to lay our heads in – You do not say when you go to Naples. I beg you will let us know for it is of consequence to our plans. Hoping you found the Ancient Gabii <3> remains
your aff Cousin
Jane H Nicholl
They appear to have had cold weather at Penrice in the beginning of Decr – so I dare say this is a severer winter every where than the last, but I hope it is nearly over in Italy. –
Monsieur W. H. Talbot
1. Isabella Catherine Franklen, née Talbot (1804–1874), and Emma Thomasina Llewelyn, née Talbot (1806–1881), photographer; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
2. Dr John Nicholl (1797–1853), MP.
3. The ancient city of Latium, east of Rome.
4. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.
5. Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800–1880), WHFT’s cousin.
6. Sir Charles Lemon (1784–1868), politician & scientist; WHFT’s uncle.