84 Cadogan Place
My dear Henry
I should not have been so tardy in my congratulations <1> & thanks to you for your kind remembrance of us but that for the last two months our house has been a perfect hospital from the Scarlet fever which has visited my kindred & children most severely & taken from us an infant whom I have had the care of a little nephew whose parents are in India. In the midst of all this affliction I have only been confined myself a fortnight but I make the first use of my pen to assure you of the deep interest I take in the happy event which was announced to us by the arrival of the Cake. I beg my compts to Mrs Talbot & hope at some future point to have the pleasure of an introduction. You will be glad to hear Mr Thackery <2> has the <favour?> of a comfortable curacy about 16 miles from London to which we come in Feby He begs his kind regards
Yrs very sincerely
M: A Thackery
Henry Fox Talbot Esqre M. P.
1. Regarding the marriage of WHFT and Constance Mundy (1811–1880).
2. Francis Thackeray (1793–1842), author.