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Document number: 2471
Date: Sat 17 Nov 1832
Dating: confirmed by WHFT's marriage
Postmark: 17 Nov 1832
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 20085
Collection number historic: LA32-65
Last updated: 10th December 2010

Abbotsbury Castle <1>
Saturday 17th

My dear Henry

Your letter gave me the greatest possible satisfaction I read with delight your description of her <2> whom you have chosen for your companion in life & who, if it is correct, cannot fail of making you as happy as you deserve to be and I am sure if you make as good a husband as you have always been a brother, she will have nothing to complain. I was also delighted to hear that we are to live together at Laycock which is a charming plan I had had dismal misgivings of leaving the dear old Abbey when you married & I doubt not we shall get on uncommonly well all together I quite long to get acquainted with her, & beg you will tell her how much I wish for it, & that I hope she is much disposed [sic] as I am to love her as a sister Adieu dearest brother I am so glad to think you are happy

Your affte sister
Horatia

The Belmores <3> are gone today to Moreton. <4> Papa <5> does not come now till Monday so we cannot go there till Tuesday or Wednesday

[envelope:]
H. F. Talbot r
Markeaton
Derby


Notes:

1. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

2. Constance Talbot, ne Mundy (18111880), WHFTs wife.

3. Somerset Lowry-Corry, 2nd Earl Belmore (17741841), Governor of Jamaica, and his wife, Lady Juliana, Countess Belmore, ne Butler (1783-1861).

4. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.

5. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (17801837), Royal Navy; WHFTs step-father.

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