My dear Henry
I received your letter & when I go to Egypt I will look out for curiosities manuscripts & antiquities for you, but I intend to buy as many as I can get for myself; I hope Egypt will furnish enough for us both
I am now waiting only for a wind to go to Cadiz, Lord Yarborough <1> in the Falcon yacht will accompany me as far as Ushant, & then he goes into Brest. My doctor, & my French servant both left me suddenly as the vessel was leaving Southampton. Masson <2>, being in dread of sea-sickness, and the doctor, on account of his feelings overcoming him at the idea of leaving a country he had resided in for 25 years he had been only 3 days on board, & professed to like it extremely till the fatal moment of weighing anchor arrived I afterwards discovered he was in love. However I have replaced both steward & doctor, by very good substitutes. The doctor was no botanist, hated travelling; & told me he admired no scenery but that of London!! In fact he was no go. Pray tell Mr Feilding <3> I will send him a butt of the very best, and I have a fair claim on the Consul as I am taking his son out as a passenger to Cadiz. I received the Sextant very safe.
Yours Ever truly
C R M Talbot
W. H. F Talbot Esqr
31 Sackville St
1. Charles Anderson Pelham, 1st Earl of Yarborough (17811846), 1st Commodore of the Yacht Club.
2. A servant.
3. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (17801837), Royal Navy; WHFTs step-father.
4. Sir John Macpherson Brackenbury (1778-1847), British consul-general.