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Document number: 8075
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: EDGCUMBE Caroline Augusta, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: 27181
Last updated: 11th January 2011


Driver on the top of all – I dare say it looked very picturesque, though not exactly courtly.

This time I was punctual, & setting off at 2, got to Brighton at 4 – So now you know my surprising Adventures.

I have no time now to make any remarks upon your bad news, except that perhaps it might be as well if you, or Mamma,<1> were to tell Flora? <2>

I must also say I am disappointed you are not coming here– We stay till next Thursday – & Mrs Gent is anxiously expecting Mamma’s answer to her letter about houses.

I wish you had, or would even now directly, answer my question abt what [illegible] wd like for a wedding present – Because there are many pretty things to be had here; particularly at Silvani’s & Ambrosoni’s.<3>

If she wd care about anything of that sort, Trinkets, old China, Dresden figures – so please tell me by return of Post what you know.

Is not this nice paper? It is called cream

The fish baskets never came to Mt E <4> I have been writing to you instead of lying down & must now dress

Ever dearest yrs very affly

In waiting: Miss Kerr, (Emily Murray for 2 days,) now Miss Paget, Ld Ormande, Coll Buckley & Wylde.


1. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m. Talbot (1773 - 12 March 1846), WHFT's mother.

2. Flora Isabella Clementina Macdonald (1822-1899), Maid of Honor and Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria.

3. Alexander Silvani, Brighton, Dealer in English and Foreign Fancy Goods on Commission. Charles Ambrosoni, Brighton, Goldsmith & Silversmith.

4. Mt Edgecumbe, near Plymouth: seat of the Earl of Mt Edgcumbe.

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