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Document number: 4076
Date: 19 May 1840
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: AWDRY West
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 11th February 2013

Chippenham <1>
19 May 1840

Dear Sir,

I have seen Captain Rooke <2> who is quite ready to adopt the arrangement you propose for making Rey Bridge <3> the boundary of the River, <4> but he considers Humphries <5> should make some apology for the offensive language which he used towards his Keeper, they (Humphries & Blackham) <6> being at the time on Captn Rooke’s side of the Bridge and on Mr Montagu’s Land – I am sorry that I am prevented waiting upon you this Morning being obliged to attend to a public Meeting, but I will do so any Morning this Week (after tomorrow) most convenient to you – The summons stands over for the present.

I am Dear Sir Your obliged Servt
West Awdry.


1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.

2. Captain Frederick William Rooke (1782–1855), of Lackham, Wilts.

3. The bridge at one end of Reybridge, Wiltshire, 1 mi N of Lacock.

4. The Avon, which runs through Lacock and the surrounding area.

5. Probably John Humphries, gardener at Lacock Abbey in the early 1840’s.

6. James Blackham (d. 1860), a tenant of Lacock since at least 1826.

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