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Document number: 2319
Date: Fri 16 Mar 1832
Dating: year confirmed by spectacular 1833 Leonids
Postmark: 16 Mar 1832
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 20044
Collection number historic: LA32-7
Last updated: 21st December 2010

March 16th

My dear Henry

It is now settled we are to go Tuesday I hope you are not ennuy tout seul <1> but after all it was your own choice going there before us We have had very bad weather since you went I hope it was more propitious at Laycock. We have been very quiet this week last night we drank tea with Aunt Matilda. <2> She complains that your visits to her are like angels visits few & far between. Mama <3> sends you todays Times <4> that you may see about the comet that is to come & knock us next year with a tail 40 millions of leagues long!

Kit <5> only came back from hunting in the Vale of Aylesbury last Wednesday late at night not knowing the least what was going on in the House, & the first words he heard were Merthyr Tydvil [sic] The division took place a few minutes afterwards, so he was just in time & the majority was only 4 or 5 so it was most lucky. He set off again this morning at 6 oclock on another hunting expedition with Lord Clanrickarde <6> & 4 others in a landau & 4.

Caroline <7> was rather better yesterday I believe they are to go & stay with Lord Mt E. <8> at Twickenham for a fortnight at Easter.

Addio caro fratello <9>

yrs affte

W. H. F. Talbot Esqr
Laycock Abbey


1. Bored all on your own.

2. Matilda Feilding (1775-1849), WHFT's 'aunt' - sister of Charles Feilding, his stepfather.

3. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, ne Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (17731846), WHFTs mother.

4. The Times (London).

5. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (18031890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFTs Welsh cousin.

6. Misspelling for Ulick John De Burgh, Marquis of Clanricarde (b. 1802).

7. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister.

8. Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Earl of Mt Edgcumbe (17641839).

9. Goodbye dear brother.

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