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Document number: 02108
Date: 31 Dec 1829
Postmark: 1 Jan 1830
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: EDGCUMBE Caroline Augusta, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 25th January 2012

[this is written on the same sheet as a note from Lady Elisabeth - see Doc. No: 03416]

Laycock Abbey
31st Decr

My dear Henry

I am very glad you at last decided to go to Brighton, as Cousin Harriet <1> seemed quite vexed in spirit at hearing you had changed your mind; I think you will gayer <2> them; & you have not lost anything here, as there is to be no ball at Bowood <3> on Miss Vernons <4> account, & Kerry <5> is not well enough to be allowed to dance, although he is better on the whole. We passed Christmas there very pleasantly; Mary Fox was there with her brother Henry<6> who is agreeable, Mr Spring Rice <7> & Mr Hallam <8>. The Abbey looked remarkably nice & comfortable the day we arrived, even after all the grand places we had just seen, & the blazing fires cheered us after our cold journey in the dark & snow. Job & the poney are returned safe & in good health; Papa <9> says it is the prettiest he ever saw.

We have not yet seen Mr Moore <10>; they are living at present near Sloperton, <11> & are entirely engaged, (at least Mrs M.) in building.

I am very anxious to see Mr Hoppers <12> plans & ideas. Pray write me word how Louisa <13> is, & let us know when you are coming.

Addio carissimo fratello mio, ti auguro un felicissimo capo danno, con tanti tanti altri, e mi rassegno colla dovuta stima, <14>

la di lei devotissima ed umilissima serva <15>
Carolina Feilding <16>

We both liked Sir Edwin <17> very much, & are extremely anxious to know his fate. Pray do not keep us in suspense.

Calne <18> January first 1830 Lansdowne <19>
Henry Talbot Esq
Post office
Brighton


Notes:

1. Probably Harriot Georgiana Mundy, ne Frampton (1806-1886), WHFTs cousin & sister-in-law.

2. Cheer them up.

3. Bowood House, nr Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock: seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne.

4. The aunt of Lord Lansdowne. [See Doc. No: 01919].

5. William Thomas Fitzmaurice, Earl of Kerry (18111836), MP.

6. Lady Mary Elizabeth Fox (1806-1891) and Henry Edward Fox, 4th Baron Holland of Holland and 4th Baron Holland of Foxley (1802-1859).

7. Thomas Spring Rice (17901866).

8. Henry Hallam (17771859), historian.

9. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (17801837), Royal Navy; WHFTs step-father.

10. Thomas Moore (17801852), Irish poet, and his wife Elizabeth (Bessie) Moore, ne Dyke (17831865).

11. Sloperton Cottage, Wiltshire, 1 mi E of Lacock: home of Thomas Moore, the Irish poet.

12. Thomas Hopper (17761856), architect & surveyor, London. [See Doc. No: 01776].

13. Louisa Howard, ne Fitzmaurice (d. 1906), daughter of Lady Louisa Emma Fitzmaurice.

14. Goodbye my dearest brother, I wish you a happy new year, with many more, and I conclude with due respect.

15. Your most devoted and humble servant.

16. Caroline Feilding.

17. This was a ballad, 'Sir Edward: a True Story', sent by WHFT to his other half-sister, Horatia, the week before. See Doc. No: 01921.

18. Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock.

19. Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (17801863), MP, WHFTs uncle.