4, The Circus,
5th Febry 1872
My dear Papa,
Mama has some thoughts of going over to Lacock for a day or two whilst the
fine mild weather lasts, and therefore would like to know how long you think you will be staying out there.
By what Charles says we were hoping to see you here on Saturday. He has to start from here at 11 tomorrow in order to be in time for a meeting at Devizes at 2 o’clock; the trains fit so ill. It continues uncommonly mild and damp, and the flowers are all open in the garden, snowdrops, aconites, crocuses, and such a splendid show of yellow jessamine.
We drove to Bathampton House to call on Mrs M. Smith today: it is a very pretty drive, though rather long, and must be charming in summer with all the leaves out.
Mr Menteath was enquiring anxiously for you today. Ela had a nice little letter from Jack, who has been promoted into the 2nd class, and seems as well as happy as usual.
Don’t forget to bring Colenso’s Pentateuch when you come, that we may complete the volumes. I am really distressed to think that a clever man like Mr Mereweather should still profess his believe [sic] in the Tichborne imposter. Can you explain the phenomenon, and do you not think that having once committed himself he is simply unwilling to confess that he could have made such a mistake? These two blank days make one quite impatient for the sequel, but what a blessing they must be to all engaged in the case.
Goodbye, dear Papa, with much love from everybody.
Your affectionate daughter
H. F. Talbot Esqre