July 31 1846
I regret that your letter having been missent to Cheltenham and a subsequent reference to our Engineer have necessarily occasioned some delay in my reply –
I now beg to say on behalf of the Company that they will be happy to accept your offer of the whole of the Field late Fussells No 22 at the same price which it cost you, on the understanding that they should also have the two corners marked 22a x 23a the price of these to be named by the Referee under the Agreement –
This will at once get rid of all difficulties as to the Deviation of the Roads and I take it for granted that you as the principal Landowner in the Parish will now forward the views of the Company in this Matter. They will of course be bound to provide for the interests of the Public by the provision of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act –
I trust there will be now no further misunderstanding between you and the Company and that you will lend them your assistance in requesting Lord Lansdowne <1> & Lord Ilchester <2> to appoint a Referee with as little delay as possible –
As it would be very desirable to commence immediately the Company are prepared to pay you £5 per Cent on the purchase money if you will kindly consent to give immediate possession & if you wish it they will at once pay the minimum price named in the Agreement into any Bank you may name in the names of yourself & the Secretary until the completion of the purchase the remainder to be paid in the same manner as soon as the sum is fixed by the Referee
I intend being in London tomorrow and as you may perhaps wish to talk over these matters with me I propose calling in Sackville Street at One O’Clock – Should any other time suit you better or should you think a personal interview unnecessary perhaps you will leave a Message for me
I have the Honor to be Dear Sir
W H F Talbot Esq
13 Sackville Stt
2. Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), MP, WHFT’s uncle.
3. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858).