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Document number: 07194
Date: 16 Jun 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LEFEVRE John George Shaw
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 29th June 2007

P.L.C. <1>

16th June 1836

My dear Talbot/

I have communicated with the Chippenham Board & with Col. a 'Court <2> on the subject of the establishment charges at the Chippenham Union -. Much that has contributed to swell the last quarter will not again occur - & the remainder might be materially diminished if instead of several Workhouses The Union had one effective Central establishment. I understand that this might be managed by an enlargement of the Chippenham Workhouse - & I therefore hope that you will give to the Guardians of the Union the valuable aid of your advice on this subject. In case a central establishment be adopted -. I do not know what would become of the Lacock house but I conceive you might easily find the means of getting for your parish as much rent as it now receives from the Union.

After all, you will find that by the end of this year that your parish has saved enormously

Ever yrs most sincerely

J Lefevre

H.F. Talbot, Esqr
Lacock Abbey


1. Poor Law Commission

2. A relative of Sir William 'Court, 1st Baron Heytesbury (1779-1860), possibly Lt-General Charles 'Court (1785-1861).