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Document number: 2186
Date: 10 May 1831
Postmark: 10 May 1831
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: HOBHOUSE John Cam
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: 32473
Collection number historic: LA31-038
Last updated: 21st June 2010

May 10 –

Dear Talbot –

I was very sorry on the receipt of your letter not to be able to return such an answer as would be of service to you in your late honorable struggle at Chippenham <1> – But the Reform Committee was only just formed and the few hundred pounds collected were instantly distributed – so that I was aware that any help sent to Chippenham would come too late – Since, however, we have been in activity we have been of much service to the great cause; and, as you may have seen by our advertisements have kept up a running fire from one end of the country to the other –

Chippenham, when I knew Wiltshire, was always a bad place to deal with – and I suppose is not much better now – It was, nevertheless very spirited in you to make an effort and I hope you have paved the way to future success –

Except in Buckinghamshire the cause has prospered wonderfully

Very truly your’s [sic]
John C. Hobhouse

London May ten 1831
Henry Fox Talbot Esq-
Laycock Abbey

31 Sackville Street
John C Hobhouse


1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.