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Document number: 2995
Date: Sun 19 Oct 1834
Postmark: 25 Oct 1834
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Henrietta Horatia Maria, née Feilding
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA34(MW)-125
Last updated: 12th February 2012

Aix
Sunday Octr 19th

My dear Henry

Mama <1> wishes me to write again to Brussels thinking it may catch you as you have probably been delayed by the rainy weather. We have had 2 or 3 very dismal days but this morning the sky is bright & cloudless so I hope it is also smiling upon you.

Mama is a great deal better, & looking quite like herself again. Papa <2> has given up going by Mt Cenis & by Gap. on her account & has made up his mind to go to Lyons & down the Rhone in the boat to Avignon which will be less fatiguing for her than jolting on the road. Caroline & Ld V. <3> talk of setting out in a day or two & crossing Mt. Cenis. I hope Constance <4> has not been tired with her journey. Did she receive a letter from me at Manheim? I was afraid she would not.

Caroline & I have taken lessons in a new art that of swimming in the Piscine it is rather good fun & with those tin boules <5> one can hardly sink if one was to try. I am much better for the Douches <6> certainly & shall be grateful to the waters of Aix. We will direct our next to Aix Ostend so mind you ask for it. We have only had one letter from Beone [sic] all this time, after all your fair promises.

Addio yr affte
Horatia

We are going to see the cascade de Gresy to-day hoping it will be swelled by the rains & present a formidable appearance. I dont think you went there indeed you did not see any of the sights here you were in such a hurry

Mr Fox Talbot
Poste restante
Bruxelles


Notes:

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

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

3. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister, and Ernest Augustus Edgcumbe, Lord Valletort, 3rd Earl of Mt Edgcumbe (17971861), WHFTs brother-in-law.

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

5. Metal floats in the shape of bottles.

6. Baths.

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