My dear Sir,
Allow me to offer my most sincere Congratulations upon your Marriage <1> and also upon being elected a Member of Parliament. These two happy Events, following near each other, afford your Friends a double Gratification. - Yourself, Heathcote & Egerton <2> have been fortunate, but my other Pupils, who were in the last Parliament, Ponsonby & Martin Smith, <3> are not elected. -
Arnold <4> of Lyndon is gone to London, and I am to serve his Church next Sunday: It is reported he is about to publish. He succeeds very well with his Pupils. -
Porter <5> is at South-Luffenham: I dined with him not long since, and he talked with me about you and your Offer to him.
Believe me, my dr Sir, Yr's ever faithfully,
T. K. Bonney
Normanton nr Stamford,
Decr 27. 1832
W. Henry Fox Talbot Esq M.P.
1. WHFT married Constance Mundy (1811-1880) on 20th December 1832.
2. Sir Gilbert John Heathcote, 5th Baronet (1795-1867), MP, sat for Boston from 1820 to 1831, and for Lincolnshire from 1832 to 1841; probably William Tatton Egerton (1806-1883), MP, sat for Cheshire N. from 1832 until 1858.
3. Probably the Hon J.G.B Ponsonby, Lord Duncannon (1809-1880), sat for Bletchingly in 1831 and returned in 1835 when he sat for Derby; Martin Tucker Smith (b. 1808), MP, sat for Midhurst in 1831 and returned for Wycombe in 1847.
4. Rev Thomas Kerchever Arnold (1800-1853), editor & author.
5. Charles Porter (1797-1877), fellow Cambridge student with WHFT and clergyman.
6. George Finch (1794-1870), JP & MP.
7. Lady Louisa Somerset, wife of George Finch.