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Document number: 9469
Date: 24 Dec 1868
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GILCHRIST-CLARK John Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 22104
Last updated: 26th January 2011

[printed Christmas greeting, not manuscript]

[printed heading of a large ‘H’ in style of medieval MS; ‘Merry Christmas’ in black-letter style; blackbird, mistletoe and holly]

The Robin

Who would fancy this December,

Now the sun is shining bright,

For last year I well remember

How the snow lay cold and white;

All around ’twas lying coldly,

And so silently it fell

That poor Robin ventured boldly,

On the sill his wants to tell.

Now I hear him in the laurels,

Chant his morning hymn so sweet,

Whilst the holly shows its corals

For his promised Christmas treat.

I am sure he still remembers

All the crumbs we gave last year,

And will many more Decembers

Ask from us his Christmas Cheer.


Dec. 24th 1868.

H. F. Talbot Esqr.
Thornhill - N. B.

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