My dear Henry
I was very glad to get your letter which was the first word from home that
gl cheered my eyes. I had a nice long one to-day from Caroline <2> in better spirits than I could have expected after all her troubles – I suppose Mama <3> is with her by this time – I was surprised to hear thro’ Louisa FitzM. <4> that Mama’s cold was better, as she had not mentioned it to me, I trust it was not a bad one. I was very angry at your having another Aurora borealis in my absence. We saw nothing of it here tho’ I believe it was visible in these parts. I never saw this place looking so well before it is really much prettier than it is reputed in general, & there are some very fine trees which I had never observed without their leaves – & the hollies & rhododendrons grow quite wonderfully. I have now settled to stay here till my Aunt <5> goes to Weymouth & perhaps accompany her there for a few days – & then progress to Abb. & Melbury. <6> I assure you we are extremely diligent at our studies & I expect soon to write to you in Latin – I only wish the grammars were a little clearer in their explanations – they seem to be constructed on the principle of puzzling the boys as much as possible. Only think of find the story of Cinderella in Strabo! <7> I wonder if you ever saw it – To-day we are going to have an incursion of Welds<8> from Lulworth Castle, Mr Wollaston <9> &c & so have been obliged to stow away all the dictionaries & exercises. Lord Lansdo[wne]<10> has made a very short séjour <11> in Ireland. I understand he is to be at Bowood <12> Monday I am rejoiced at it for Aunt Louisa’s <13> sake as she was always fancying he would fall ill without her. I hope you or Constance <14> will write to me now & then & tell me what you are about & whether Rosamond <15> walks alone Give them my love
yr affte Sister
W. Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
1. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.
2. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.
3. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.
4. Louisa Howard, née Fitzmaurice (d. 1906), daughter of Lady Louisa Emma Fitzmaurice.
5. Lady Harriot Frampton, née Fox Strangways (1778 - 6 Aug 1844); dau of Henry Thomas Fox Strangways, 2nd Earl of Ilchester and Mary Theresa O'Grady; she married James Frampton (1769-1855) in 1799.
6. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways and Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.
7. Strabo (63/64 BC– ca.23 AD), Greek geographer and historian.
8. The family and relations of Joseph Weld (1777-1863).
9. Charlton Byam Wollaston (1765-1840), Assistant Judge Advocate; half brother to James and Mary Frampton.
10. Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), MP, WHFT’s uncle.
12. Bowood House, nr Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock: seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne.
13. Louisa Emma Petty Fitzmaurice, née Fox Strangways, Marchioness of Lansdowne (1785-1851), wife of Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1837-1838; WHFT's aunt.
14. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
15. Rosamond Constance ‘Monie’ Talbot (1837–1906), artist & WHFT’s 2nd daughter.
16. James Frampton (1769–1855), High Sheriff.
17. Thomas Moore (1780–1852), Irish poet.
18. Trim, state of balance.