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Document number: 2514
Date: Tue 11 Dec 1832
Dating: confirmed by elections of Dec 1832
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st May 2012

Melbury <1>
Tuesday Decr 11th

My dear Henry

I am very sorry to see that tiresome Mr Mayne <2> is going to stand – I thought he would not come to the point. I am very anxious to know the event tho’ I suppose there is no doubt of your success – & hope you will bestow on me one of your first franks –

If Constance <3> did like riding in winter I should be most happy to offer her my Waterwitch, which carries me beautifully, whenever she likes it. Uncle Harry <4> went to Redlynch <5> this morng to shoot – I believe Aunt Harriet & Louisa <6> come to-morrow – You have not yet told us where you are to be married but I conclude it will be in town as you talk of going to Richmond –

Addio fratello carissimo, <7> God bless you & make you very happy

your affte sister


1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.

2. John Mayne. [See Doc. No: 02500].

3. Constance Talbot, n้e Mundy (1811–1880), who would marry WHFT on 20 December.

4. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858).

5. Redlynch, Somerset, seat of the Earls of Ilchester (Barons of Redlynch).

6. Lady Harriet Frampton, n้e Fox Strangways (d. 1844) and Louisa Charlotte Frampton.

7. Goodbye dearest brother.

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