[The wrapper for this letter is in a private collection:]
Henry Fox Talbot
Dear Mr Talbot
I am quite ashamed of having allowed your very obliging Letter <1> to remain some days unanswered, but I shall trust to your kindness to forgive me, without filling my paper with apologies - I am very sorry you should have thought so many necessary for my not gaining admittance into your house; I can assure you I was not the least annoy'd by the refusal; I saw perfectly the Reason of it, and I lauded your Servants for their adherence to your Orders.
I should remind you of your promised visit, if I was not going from hence immediately. - Should you pass <2> thro' Winchester in the beginning of the year, you will find me there, and very happy to see you -
I beg my kind regards to any of the family party who may be assembled at Laycock believe me to remain, yours very truly,
Jane St John Mildmay
1. Letter not located.