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Document number: 2222
Date: 23 Aug 1831
Postmark: 23 Aug 1831
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 20040
Last updated: 22nd January 2012

Aug. 23rd

My dear Henry

I got your letter this morning, which I was very glad of as I began to think you were lost. We had another party last night – conversation interspersed with music. A great many fine ladies – & a very good shew of men for the season – they did not depart till near 3 – people never can leave us – we are so agreeable. Louisa & Caroline Payne <1> were here – they are in town for a few days, in their way to Brighton. I am very glad you are coming back here before you set out on your tour. I think it is too late for the Highlands. It is now settled we are to go to Lacock Wednesday the 31st. – Some of us are going to-day to the ventilator – Lord Mahon got us tickets.<2>

Addio caro <3>
your affte sister

We are going this morning with Kit <4> to see the model of the Duke of Athol’s <5> house – made by your man. There is a breakfast at Chiswick Saturday – which I suppose will be the last expiring gleam of London gaiety.

Kit is going to Cowes Saturday in the Galatea <6> – I believe Sir Charles <7> is going there too.

Love to all relations.

W H F. Talbot Esq
I. Wight


1. Louisa and Lady Caroline Payne.

2. Lord Mahon (1805–1875), MP. Until the late 18th c, ladies were admitted to the debates in Parliament, but a dustup over them crowding out invited men led to them being banned. However, each night the Sargeant at Arms issued 25 tickets for the 'ventilator' - a space above the ceiling where the female visitors could see and hear the debates through the apertures.

3. Goodbye dear.

4. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.

5. John Murray, 5th Duke of Atholl (1778–1846).

6. Kit Talbot’s yacht.

7. Sir Charles Lemon (1784–1868), politician & scientist; WHFT’s uncle.

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