Thursday Aug. 24th
My dear Henry –
after I wrote Tuesday night Papa <1> complained of pain in his ankle & it was discovered that a discharge had taken place there, where it seems Mr C. <2> had suspected for some days that matter was forming This may account for his having been so very restless & agitated for the last few days – It has certainly appeared to relieve him, tho’ in consequence he was extremely weak yesterday & Mr Bowling <3> was afraid he might faint & gave him a great
dele deal of wine & brandy & nourishing things – He has had a good night & today they think him a little better – the tongue & pulse both improved – As to the swelling above the knee it is much in the same state – but he complains less when the leg is dressed which is a good sign – Mr Bowling still remains here – Caroline <4> went to town this morng with Ld V. <5> who goes Saturday to Leamington – & she will return here – Bimbo <6> comes today as Ld Mt E. <7> is going tomorrow to Mt Edgcumbe <8> – Addio caro <9>
W. Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
1. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.
2. Mr Cutler, Charles Feilding’s physician.
3. Mr Bowling, physician.
4. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.
5. Ernest Augustus Edgcumbe, Lord Valletort, 3rd Earl of Mt Edgcumbe (1797–1861), WHFT’s brother-in-law.
6. William Henry Edgcumbe, ‘Val’, 4th Earl Mt Edgcumbe (1832–1917), JP & Ld Steward of the Royal Household; WHFT’s nephew ‘Bimbo’.
7. Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe (1764–1839).
8. Mt Edgecumbe, near Plymouth: seat of the Earl of Mt Edgcumbe.
9. Goodbye dear.
10. Louisa Charlotte Frampton (1808-1885), author.
11. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.
12. William Charlton Frampton (b. 1811), rector of Moreton, brother of Harriot Georgiana Mundy, née Frampton (1806-1886), WHFT’s cousin & sister-in-law.
13. Harriot Georgiana Mundy, née Frampton (1806-1886), WHFT’s cousin & sister-in-law.