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Document number: 8005
Date: 10 Dec 1859
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAISFORD Thomas
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: Acc no 21073 (envelope only)
Last updated: 23rd June 2015

Offington Worthing
Dec 10.1859

My dear Talbot

A part of the old Talbot property in Worcestershire belongs to my mother’s brother Mr Douglas Greeley of High Park near Salwarpe,<1> who is now in litigation to rejoin to a right of road, a strong evidence in his favor consists of a map purporting to be a copy of an original made in 1716 & wh is supposed to be in your possession – My uncle therefore has written to beg you to grant him the favor, if you can conveniently do so, of having a search made for this map, & he wd employ yr solicitor to do this if you are disposed to allow it –

I have answered that I believe you to be absent fm Lacock during the winter but that I wd write to you on the subject & prepare you for the application wh you may receive fm him –

I am very sorry that I sd have omitted to write & acquaint you with my marriage.<2> The fact was I was uncertain of where you might be & was always writing to Caroline<3> for your address & so in the end and the fuss of the wedding &c I forgot it altogether, I shall hope some day to present my wife to you, Horace<4> takes to her very much & I think it will be a great advantage to him to have a lady in the house – My house is finished<5> as far as Masons & Carpenters are concerned but we have only got enough rooms furnished to get thro’ the winter with comfort – I must send this to Lacock tho’ I expect to hear you are in Edinbro’. I hope that in the coming of the Spring we may meet in London. With my best regards to all the Family

Yours affly

To be forwarded
Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
Lacock Abbey


1. Gaisford's mother was Helen Margaret Gaisford, née Douglas (1791-1831). His uncle was Robert Archibald Douglas, later Douglas Greeley (1794-1885) of High Park and Salwarpe, Worcestershire.

2. Gaisford's 1st wife was Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding (1810- 9 Aug 1851), WHFT's half-sister. On 26 October 1859, he married Lady Emily, née St Lawrence (1829- 6 Nov 1868), daughter of the 3rd Earl of Howth.

3. Lady Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding (1808- 2 November 1881); WHFT's half-sister; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1840–1854 & 1863–1865; m. 3rd Earl Mt Edgcumbe, 6 December 1831.

4. Lt Horace Charles Gaisford (1851-1879), WHFT's nephew.

5. Gaisford sold Iford Manor, Wiltshire, in 1858 and bought Offington Hall, near Worthing, Sussex, making major alterations and additions.

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