On sending to your house yesterday, to make enquiries after Mrs Talbot, <1> I learnt that you were gone to Southampton, and I am induced to trouble you with this letter – by my anxious wish to hear of Mr Mundy <2> & his family. – I had heard no intimation of any illness; – and therefore, the account of the Newspaper shock’d me more than I can express; – and greatly am I distress’d in the loss of so invariable a friend, and by the idea of the sorrow, & the inexpressible loss experienced by my long valued friend Mr Mundy, and his family. – I am very desirous to hear of them all; – and I hope you will not think it too much to ask, if I request you to answer these enquiries, – as I am so unacquainted with particulars, & the present state of the family, that I know not to whom amongst them I might write most properly. – I am anxious, at a proper time to be remember’d to all with the sincerest kindness – and I hope Mrs Talbot will take an opportunity to do this, receiving herself from me & my daughter, the most earnest wishes for support & consolation under so severe a sorrow. –
I shall feel particularly obliged by your kindness in replying to me – &
I am dear Sir Yr very sincere
Maria Sneyd –
21st of March 1836
Dartmouth Row, Blackheath, Kent.
W. H. Fox Talbot Esqre
1. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
2. Francis Mundy (1771–1837), politician and father of Constance Talbot; he had just lost his wife Sarah Leaper Mundy, née Newton (d. 10 March 1836), WHFT's mother in law.