My Dearest Henry
I was very sorry to hear that you had suffered so much pain from the Ear ache, & beg you will write me a line to tell me how you do now I hope my Dear Henry you begin to be more comfortable & happy at Mr Hookers, <1> very few Boys like school at first but be assured you would regret it sadly when a man if you were not to be educated like everyone else that you will associate with – It is but a short time to the Holidays & I shall be very glad when the time comes that we may go together to see sights in London – your uncle William <2> is adding to his collections of curiosities every day, so if you can find any pretty pebbles or shells keep them for him, Giles <3> is almost well but not allowed to come home yet – Caroline <4> improves every day and will be a very nice little child by the time you see her again – Mr Feilding <5> is to go to see you very soon Lady I. & your aunt Charlotte <6> send their love to you.
& I remain my Dearest Henry your very affect friend –
London May twenty fourth 1808 Guernsey
Wm Henry Talbot Esqr
London May 24. 1808
1. Rev. Thomas Redman Hooker (1762-1838), WHFT's tutor at Rottingdean and a most interesting character. His career prospects were seemingly cut short when his father lost his fortune to an industrial accident. Hooker became the private secretary to the Duke of Dorset, learned French, took Holy Orders and through the Duke's influence established an influential school. His pupils included the nephews of the Duke of Wellington and of Napoleon Bonaparte. He was also active in the local smuggling ring. See Arthur R. Ankers, revised by Michael Smith, Sussex Cavalcade (Sevenoaks: Hawthorns Publications, Ltd., 1992), pp. 97-100.
2. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.
3. Giles Digby Robert Fox Strangways (1798–1827).
4. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.
5. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.
6. Caroline Leonora Fox Strangways, née Murray, Countess of Ilchester (1788–1819), and Lady Charlotte Anne Lemon, née Strangways (d. 1826), WHFT’s aunt.
7. No enclosure to Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858).