My dear Henry
I had a letter from Jane <1> today in which she tells me they shall cross from Havre to Southampton, so I am afraid you will miss her after all which will be very provoking, she is to be at Southampton on the 17 or 18 but does not intend staying there. – How I wish you were coming to Penrice <2>; I hope you will not let much time pass over our heads before we meet again & next time you come to England, mind you set down Penrice as the place best worth going to! – We are to set out homewards on Tuesday but as we pay a visit by the way I suppose we shall not be there before Saturday. Charlotte <3> is not so well today but on the whole she is much better than when we left Town & the others are quite well & merry as grigs. – Pray send me word if you thought Kit <4> much altered, of course I see him always the same as when he was quite little, only that he seems to grow taller every time he comes home to us! – Your account of Capt Orme[?] amused us very much indeed, what a dreadful thunder storm <5> it must have been, we had none in London you know, the day before we set out from thence. – I think the epigram you sent me on Dr Marsh <6> is not only severe but illnatured for whilst he was Bishop of Llandaff I heard nothing against him that I can recollect except that he was proud.–
You never said a word in your letter, about the vetch I sent you, <7> was it the V. sylvatica? or what was it, pray send me word, if you can remember. I hav[e]<8> more if you forget what it like [sic]. – Jane sends me word met with such a beautiful pea (crimson) in the forest of Mezière, <9> I quite long to see her dried flowers she tells me she has such beauties I hope she will not lose them, tho she has been careless enough to lose her work bag containing all sorts of things. –
Give our love to Aunt Lily. <10> – All send their love to you. –
I am your affate coz
W. H. F. Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street
1. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796–1874).
2. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
3. Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800–1880), WHFT’s cousin.
4. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
6. Herbert Marsh (1757–1839), Bishop of Llandaff (1816–1819), then Bishop of Peterborough.
8. Page torn away under seal.
9. Mezières-sur-Seine, approximately 40 km from Paris.
10. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.
11. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (1776–1855), WHFT’s aunt.