As you are about to be Elected one of our representatives in the first reformed parliment <sic>. and
for the first time for Chippm <1> I do hope that prosperity will attend your labour, and that many times you may be Elected for the same, but at the same time I do humbly hope that you will not do as many Candidates have done before you to create drunkenness by giving away beer to the lower class of people in the town. To create mischief and disturbances in the same, but on the other hand to support some valuable Institution. for instance such as Sunday schools I do think nothing stands in greater need of support than the one I am alluding too: namely Sunday-schools in Chippm and I do most earnestly hope. that you as a Gentleman will come forward to the support of the same. by giving each School some small Donation as a token of respect which will be most gratefully accepted by each as I believe each school stands in need of help in purchasing books to carry on that great work. I have sent a few lines to Mr Neeld, <2> acquainting him of the same, and have no doubt but he will do something for them, I have sent him the number of the schools and the number of children taught therein and have no doubt but you Sir. and him will come forward to encourage the same and as I have mentioned the names of the different Sunday schools in his Note I will do so in Your’s, Church, Do – Independent. 90 Children are taught there how to read God’s holy word. Sabbath after Sabbath and great care are paid to them. the next are the Wesleyan. Sunday school <3> with 150 children and the Baptist 100 Do now Sir, in coming foreward to aid and support this cause you are doing a favor to God and extending divine Knowledge to many precious soul’s
hoping Sir, that your view’s will coincide with my own
I remain Your very Obedient Servant
A Free-man and lover of Christian Charity
Decr 9th 1832
H. F. Talbot
1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.
2. Joseph Neeld (1789–1856), MP & botanist.
3. Schools named after John Wesley (1703–1791), clergyman, evangelist, and co-founder of Methodist movement in the Church of England.