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Document number: 1909
Date: 10 Dec 1829
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BUTLER George
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA29-143
Last updated: 2nd February 2012

Gayton, Northampton,
10 Decr 1829

My dear Talbot,

Nothing could be more gratifying to me than your very kind proposal of visiting me in my “rural retirement of Gayton”: A more welcome Visitor it would be impossible for me to name; and the time will be in all respects convenient: I shall certainly not quit Gayton before Christmas.

Next week until Friday some of the Percevals <1> (not unknown to you) will be with me: they would be delighted to see you. Should your arrival be deferred till their departure, (which I calculate from your distance to be possible,) when I now [sic] precisely the day of your coming, I may be enabled to engage some one or two of our neighbours to meet you. I shall not however provide a large party for your reception, – partly because I do not wish to receive you, as a formal visitor, with divided attention, – and partly, because Mrs Butler <2> is in a State, in which the fatigue of a large party is as much to be avoided as the cheerfulness of a smaller one is desirable

One expression in your letter, (which I hope to find an Erratum,) has rather distressed both her and me; I mean that of “spending a day” with us: Depend upon it we cannot let you off with a day’s visit: for “a day” read “a few days”.

Nevertheless for one day or many, come: & with our kindest regards, believe me Ever Most Sincerely & affectly yours,
Geo. Butler.

W. H. Fox Talbot Esq.
Post Office,


1. WHFT went to Harrow School (1811–1815) with some of the Percevals, including Hon Arthur Philip Perceval (d. 1853), son of Charles, 2nd Baron Arden. [See Doc. No: 00540].

2. Sarah Maria Butler, née Gray.

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