I went on Saturday morning and delivered your parcel <1> into Mr Gydes <2> hands, and the portmanteaus to Mr Wright <3> all safe Captn Feilding <4> gave me a note to Mrs Methuen <5> which I delivered to that Lady, but received no hopes of success. I return you many thanks for mentioning the subject to Lady Elisabeth <6>, I shall now wait in hopes of the the [sic] Foresters place at Bowood <7>, I have every reason to believe that you will not forget me when his lordship <8> arrives at Bowood &c &c –
I have asked Mr Gale <9> to value the few articles of furniture which I left in the house and likewise to send you an account of the number of articles and what he valued them at, which if you approve of, I shall be very much obliged. Should it please you to give orders for the amount to be paid to my wife &c &c I shall feel happy in doing anything to oblige you that may
ly lie in my power while I am in a nursery. I mean to go into Whitly & Osborns at Fulham <10> and there wait for a situation &c <11>
Your Obedt Humble Servt
H F Talbot Esqr
1. The parcel probably contained the proof of WHFT’s article “On the Optical Phenomena of certain Crystals”, The Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society, London: 1837, part 1, pp. 25–27, 29–35. [See Doc. No: 03305].
3. James Wright, footman to the Talbots & Constable for Lacock.
4. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.
5. Jane Dorthea Methuen, née Mildmay (1789–1846).
6. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.
7. Bowood House, nr Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock: seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne.
8. Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), MP, WHFT’s uncle.
9. John Gale, carpenter at Lacock.
11. Fitzsimmons left with WHFT’s blessing [see Doc. No: 03177] and was replaced by John Reid, on the recommendation of Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), Prof & botanist [see Doc. No: 00262, and Doc. No: 03223].