I have sent out feelers in various directions, & wonder not to have had any answer this morning to some. They all relate to persons whom I know personally. I shall write to you as soon as I know anything: you to me whenever you have got a man without me, to prevent my doing more. <1>
H. F. Talbot Esq
31 Sackville Street
1. This apparently refers to WHFT's search for a replacement for the recently deceased Rector John Nicholas (1764 - 7 October 1836)of Fisherton Anger, Salisbury, Wiltshire.Since 1814, Nicholas had been Rector of St Clement's Church there, but for a number of years he had been employing a curate and had lived elsewhere. WHFT had inherited the advowson (the right to present a new Rector to St Clement's Church) from his father, Davenport Talbot, and held it until 1849. The new Rector would enjoy the income and assets of the living, including the Rector's house. St Clement's was demolished in 1852 and parts of it were incorporated into the new St Paul's Church. See Doc. No: 03453 and Doc. No: 03608.