4, Old Palace Yard, S.W.
Jany 16 1858
I beg to thank you for your letter of the 14th instt I should not have ventured to intrude upon again with reference to Lord Talbots Case if I had not ascertained previously to doing so that the Settlement of 1683, which as I think I mentioned I traced to the custody of Mr Talbot in 1716, does contain matters of family history calculated to be of use as additional proof of Pedigree in support of my Lord Talbots claim.
I have an abstract of the Deed, in fact; & being thus made cognizant of its contents I felt the necessity of addressing you in order if possible, to be able to use the Settlement at the meeting of the Committee. And if your convenience should, in any way, admit of this being done you will be doing that good service to my Lord Talbot’s cause which I have been so fortunate as to experience at others hands in a similar case. I am much obliged for your suggestion upon the Pedigree & will not fail to bear them in mind.
You may not probably have seen the evidence as it stands with reference to William (Son of Sharington) It appears not to admit of a doubt upon this part of the Pedigree & only called for a passing observation on the part of the Atty General, in his speech. that he thought the point beyond question. I think you will find that Sharingtons 9 sons are mentd in Lord Talbots Pedigree & that they are all disposed of by ‘Benefactors’ the settlement of 1718 or other more positive testimony.
We are however, prepared to strengthen our case on this Line
It would be a great satisfaction to me to hear that there is a chance of my being able to say whether the Settlement will be forthcoming or not when the case is called on & repeating my apologies for troubling you so much
I am Sir yr very obedt Sert
H F. Talbot Esq
H. Fox Talbot Esq
4 Atholl Crescent