My dear Henry
Mr Thackeray <1> & myself beg to enclose you a Power of Attorney which we shall be obliged to you to sign to release a sum of £435–7–6 Consols 3 pr Cents which you will perceive by the enclosed Banker’s letter were invested by Mr Thackeray in August 1837 in the name of the joint trustees of our Marriage Settlement, it has nothing whatever to do with the money settled on myself & children We have already the Signature of Mr Ritchie who is so kind as to say he will call with the papers
We shall be obliged to you to return it to us by return of post – I hope your little girls & Mrs Talbot <2> are quite well. Mr Thackeray desires me to add his remembrances
believe me yrs sincerely
M A Thackeray
1. Francis Thackeray (1793–1842), clergyman and author.
2. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife. The reference to 'girls' is plural: Ela Theresa Talbot (25 Apr 1835 - 25 Apr 1893), WHFT's 1st daughter; Rosamond Constance Talbot (16 Mar 1837 - 7 May 1906, died & buried at San Remo, Italy), 'Monie', artist & WHFT's 2nd daughter; and, depending on the date of this letter, possibly Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark, née Talbot (25 Feb 1839-1927), 'Tilly', WHFT's 3rd daughter.