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Document number: 8121
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: Acc 37727
Last updated: 1st May 2012


made more impressions on his honor. He bore it all with exemplary good humour & I hope has by this time forgiven me, for nobody likes to be told these sort of things, I don’t know how I came to be so romantic. I have just been reading by accident 4 volume of Caroline’s <1> journal continued after she came to England, I perceive her only notice of Balls in London consists in the Busts, & pictures in the rooms – such as “Bal chez le Duc de Devonshire, l'Endymion de Canova!!!!” <2> – which is the whole of her impression for that night. This & some others in the same style amused me much, I think it is unique & certainly very unlike what I remember my ideas or those of my intimates at her age. I took no notice of it to her, for fear of destroying the natural in which consists the whole merit of a journal. But I am more & more convinced every day that she will not like London, which is a pity & will always make it irksome to me going out with her. If she liked it tw'ould animate me to make a better Chaperon.


1. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.

2. The Sleeping Endymion by the sculptor Antonio Canova (1757–1822) at Chatsworth.

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