I have seen Captn Feilding <2> & am glad to find that he intends being at the Lacock Vestry tomorrow I regret that I am prevented doing so likewise, having to set out for Yorkshire early in the Morning
Captn F. and Thos Moore <3> both thoroughly understand what you wish to have proposed respecting the enquiries which should be made at [illegible], before any thing is determined on & Mr Harman <4> is of the same opinion so that I hope there will be no opposition to the preliminary steps the expence of which can be but trifling
Phelps <5> informs me that he has parcelled out the 12 Acres of Arable Land in the way you mentioned & I hope by Lady day,<6> to set the Parties at Work on their allotments I entirely agree with you in opinion that the Plan, when fixed on a more extensive scale, should be held out as a permanent measure, in order to ensure good cultivation. This 12 Acres piece, is in the Corsham Road <7>
I hope to be at home again by the 20th Inst If in the mean time you should wish to send any instructions to Lacock, my Son <8> will be happy to execute them for me
I am Dear Sir Yr obliged Servt
W. H. Awdry
1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.
2. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (17801837), Royal Navy; WHFTs step-father.
3. Thomas Moore (1801 - possibly d. 1854), saddler in Lacock; member of the Lacock Parish Vestry.
4. Ezekiel Harman.
5. Philip Phelps, Surveyor of Taxes & Bailiff, Lacock.
6. Lady Day is one of the traditional English quarter days, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, on 25 March.
7. Corsham Court, Wiltshire, 3 mi NW of Lacock: seat of Ld Methuen.
8. West Awdry (18071892), solicitor, Chippenham.