My dear Papa,
Mama <1> has just received your letter at 8 ½ this morning – the others she only got at 4 o’clock so we shall expect you on Saturday, and hope we shall have a fine, calm day to cross on Monday. Could you not send the Courier down here on Saturday morning, to see about sending off our extra luggage by luggage train? It is impossible we should take it all with us, and it will, I suppose, take him a day to arrange it’s departure. It would be better to tell him about it.
Goodbye, dear Papa, everybody sends their love. Charles <4> seems to enjoy himself here.
Your affectionate daughter
1. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
2. John Gilchrist-Clark (1830–1881), Scottish JP; WHFT’s son-in-law.
3. Built in 1843–1845 on the west side of St Jame’s Street, London.
4. Charles Henry Talbot (1842–1916), antiquary & WHFT’s only son.