I received your letter <1> on Saturday, and sent to Tanners waggon office <2> immediately but there was nothing come from London, I also sent in the afternoon but on account, and I have sent this morning but no tidings the person who I send with this Hamper will call and see if it <3> is come this afternoon &c –
the weather has been much the same since you left here. the repairs on the Green house has cost 10 s/10d thirteen squares at 10d each, & now this morning I see there is another blown out, Fortune says he could not Putty the Green house under 30s/ the Boiler in the Kitchen has leaked considerably more since you left than before, I have had it examined. & I find that the top of the Boiler is fixed on with Screws & Iron Cement and at one end of the Boiler the Cement has given way which caused the leakage. I have had Mr Phelps <4> to look at it & he says he can do it. it shall remain as it is until you send orders who is to do it Captn Feilding <5> preferred Bath Mechanics to do such jobs but I think it will be saving expence to have it done at home &c &c –
Your Obdt Huble Servt
1. Letter not located.
4. Philip Phelps, Surveyor of Taxes & Bailiff, Lacock.
5. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.
6. William Henry Awdry (1778–1847), solicitor, Chippenham.