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Document number: 347
Date: Jul
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TALBOT Mary Thereza
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 7th November 2011

Penrice <1>
July

My dear Henry

I hope you will like the penwiper I have sent you, it is an insignificant present but my genius does not teach me how to do any thing better worth sending. I hope however it may sometimes be of use to you.

We are in almost daily expectation of seeing Christopher <2> sail into the bay, he waits for a fair wind only I believe. Charlotte <3> is pretty well and the rest are all well Mary Anne is still with us & we hope to keep her until Jane <4> comes at least.

The hot weather burnt up our gardens very much but they are now looking very nice owing to the rain we had 2 days ago. We are very busy about the hay so Jem George <5> wishes for sunshine & we can hardly do otherwise it is such a pity to have the hay crop spoiled.

Emma <6> went fishing one evening & caught a great many fish notwithstanding she talked across the pond to Mary Anne! little John Cottam had very good luck too but one large fish carried away hook & all which put a stop to his amusement. All send their love to you.

I am your affate coz
Mary


Notes:

1. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.

2. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (18031890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFTs Welsh cousin.

3. Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, ne Talbot (18001880), WHFTs cousin.

4. Jane Harriot Nicholl, ne Talbot (17961874).

5. A servant of the Cole family.

6. Emma Thomasina Llewelyn, ne Talbot (18061881), photographer; WHFTs Welsh cousin.

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