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Document number: 4299
Date: 03 Feb 1842
Recipient: KING William Richard
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham
Collection number: Lacock Abbey Deposit WRO 2664
Last updated: 7th March 2015

Lacock Abbey
3d Feb.

Dear Sir

Three days before Mrs Gwynne <1> left us, she received 24 Ł; and on the very day she went, she was paid the sum of Ł17Ě•5Ě which in my opinion must have been the exact balance of account due to her. I think so, both because she was then going, & because of the odd shillings.

As Mrs Gwynne’s sister, at whose instance this demand is made, is a woman of very rapacious character, we think her quite capable of doing so without really believing that anything is due.

It would be otherwise if she were a person of good reputation; we might then ask her to send a copy of Mrs Gwynne’s account book & endeavour to convince her that it had been settled before she went. But under present circumstances to do so, or to show any willingness to go into the question, would I fear only encourage her to give more trouble.

Yours vy Truly
W. H. F. Talbot

W. R. King Esqr


1. Mrs Gwynne (d. winter 1841/1842), lady’s maid, cook and housekeeper to Elisabeth Feilding.

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