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Document number: 2517
Date: Thu 13 Dec 1832
Dating: postmark indistinct, confirmed by elections of Dec 1832
Postmark: 1832?
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA32-96
Last updated: 16th December 2010

Melbury <1>
Decr 13th

My dear Henry

I wish you joy of your election I am so delighted it is over & you are really in Parliament which I have longed for so many years. There is the first good effect of the Reform bill <2> Papa <3> thanks you for your letter & announcement of the joyful news I think to be elected & married all at the same time is too much good fortune for one man. As I conclude you are in town, I will not put the rest of the family to an unnecessary expense of postage, but trust to you for informing them that we are safe & well, & I will do myself the honor of writing to Mama <4> tomorrow. They are coming back from Redlynch <5> today or tomorrow & Aunt H. & Louisa <6> are expected tomorrow. It is supposed there will be no contest for Dorsetshire, & that Ld Ashley, W. Bankes Mr Ponsonby <7> will come in quietly I envy Mama & Caroline <8> the first sight of Constance <9> very much, but I hope soon to make up for it when we meet at Laycock how I shall think of you next Thursday, & pray for your happiness dear Henry Pray give my love to Mama & Caroline

your very affte sister

I always forgot to thank you for that aimable <10> letter you wrote to Amandier with which she was very much touche <11>

W. Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street


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

2. The Reform bill of 1832.

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

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

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

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

7. Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Ashley, 7th Earl of Shaftsbury (18011885), MP; William John Bankes (d. 1855), sat for Dorset from 1832 until 1834; William Francis Spencer Ponsonby (17871855), politician; sat for Dorsetshire from 1832 until 1837.

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

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

10. Nice, kind.

11. Touched; moved.

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