29 Moray Place
3 July 1871.
My dear Mr Talbot
I am very sorry to find we are not to have the pleasure of a visit from you at the time of the Meeting of the British Association. We would fair hope however that something may occur, another year, to bring you to Scotland, when you will find our hospitality still at your Service.
Mrs Coventry has been in London for a few weeks but is now returned. She went mainly to see her Mother, Mrs <Borham?> Pollen, whose health had been indifferent.
I do not hear much of the prospects of the Meeting in August, but no doubt the Scott Centenary will aid it, and we expect a considerable influx of strangers. It seems to me that the people here are more engrossed by the St Marys Loch Scheme at present, and by the prospect of having the Albert Memorial placed in Charlotte Square, in deference to her Majesty’s Wishes.
I have given your interesting photograph of Lacock Abbey to Mrs Coventry, to add to her Collection. She begs to return her best thanks, and joining me in kind regards to Mrs Talbot and your Daughters; – and I am, My dear Sir,
Very truly yours
H. F. Talbot Esqr