My dear Henry
the arrival to day, of two portions of Cake from you & your Bride <2> to Grandmama & Uncle John, <3> claims grateful thanks, and very sincere congratulations from us both, with the warmest wishes for your happiness these feelings are equally participated & I have engaged to express them to you & to beg of you to make them acceptable to Mrs Talbot whose acquaintance I have now a double interest in making, and when in London next I hope I may not be the Invalid I was last year, & have an opportunity of becoming better acquainted with a family I am now so doubly connected with
I cannot help wishing to Wm <4> & John the time when they may follow your good example the best road to every happiness & comfort this world can give I am very sure, and that you may both long prove it to be so is the earnest wish of both yr affecte Uncle John & also of
yr truly affecte Grand Mother
1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.
2. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
3. John George Charles Fox Strangways (1803–1859), MP.
4. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.