My dear Henry
Your letter was a great pleasure to me this morning – and I was so glad that you had the comfort of finding Lady Elisth <1> better when you arrived. – I hope you are better too. – Caroline <2> will do you good – I am so glad she was sent for – Will you tell her of your idea about her inviting Mlle A <3>. to Mt Edgcumbe <4> – that we may know what we have to reckon upon when the time comes – She will say whether the plan will suit her. –
Mr Little <5> sent here today to enquire when you were expected home – I said I could not tell positively but that you had talked of Friday or some day at the end of the week –
I drove over to Sloperton <6> today – Mrs Moore was out – but I saw Mr Moore <7> – He talked about his Sister <8> – & what he had suffered from the sudden shock – He said he felt still quite upset and weakened by it – I thought him looking ill & unlike himself – and more absent than ever – He walked with Matilda <9> & me round the garden where Mrs Moore’s flowers are in great beauty – and said we had done him good –
He enquired very much after you & your proceedings – and was very sorry the railroad was annoying you. –
1. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m. Talbot (1773 - 12 March 1846), WHFT's mother.
2. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.
4. Mt Edgecumbe, near Plymouth: seat of the Earl of Mt Edgcumbe.
6. Sloperton Cottage, Wiltshire, 1 mi E of Lacock: home of Thomas Moore, the Irish poet.
7. Thomas Moore (1780–1852), Irish poet, and his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie) Moore, née Dyke (1783–1865).
8. One sister, Catherine (Kate) died in December 1834, but Matilda was not yet born, so this must have been his other sister, Ellen. Moore's son, Thomas Lansdome Parr Moore (1818–1846) and Ellen both died in February 1846.
9. Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark, née Talbot (25 Feb 1839-1927), 'Tilly', WHFT's 3rd daughter.