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Document number: 5036
Date: 16 Aug 1822
Dating: year from Doc nos 00987 & 01466
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 29th January 2012

[written on the same sheet as notes from Capt Feilding: see Doc. No: 05034 - and Caroline: see Doc. No: 05035]

Dear Henry

According to your wish, I have read the Pleasures of Hope Gertrude of Wyoming, <1> & several other little pieces, such as HohenLinden Lord Ullin’s Daughter, the Exile of Erin &c. <2> I like Gertrude of Wyoming very much. En fait de livres, <3> the box from London is arrived or is to arrive to-morrow at Florence, and I suppose I must set to work at Russell’s Modern Europe. <4> I am now reading Montesquieu’s Grandeur & Décadence des Romains. <5> – We are to return to Florence to-morrow I cannot think without regret, of leaving this quiet solitude; however the thoughts of having you all soon, makes [sic] me quite gay & happy. I hope this happy moment will soon come, I wish it you could come before or not long after my birthday, however I shall not keep [text missing] till you are here. Pray write to me, dear brother, & give me a [illegible deletion] description of the places you pass through, as you used to do in Switzerland. It is a long time since I have had a letter from you.

Believe me, dearest Henry, Your affectionate sister
Horatia Feilding

Monsr <6>
Monsieur Talbot


1. Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope and Gertrude of Wyoming and other poems (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1821).

2. Thomas Campbell, ‘Hohenlinden’, ‘Lord Ullin’s Daughter’, ‘Exile of Erin’, all poems included in The Bouquet (1815).

3. In the matter of books, regarding books.

4. William Russell, The History of Modern Europe (Dublin: 1779).

5. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Considération sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur décadence (1721).

6. Address panel written in Charles Feilding’s hand.

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