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Document number: 2765
Date: 04 Dec 1833
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA33-033
Last updated: 1st September 2003

British Consulate

4th December 1833

My dear Sir

I was extremely sorry to hear of the vexatious and uncivil treatment you met with at the Barrier of the Bar by the Commissioner of Police with regard to Malle Petit’s <1> passeport, such a proceeding was till now unprecedented, and the french consul to whom I mentioned it said that as he could get no redress to the many representations that he had already made to Mr Grattan <2> that he would inform the Minister of the Interior with his proceedings who he had no doubt would reprehend him. I have written myself on the subject to Lord Grandville <3> that such a systeme of annoyance might be stopped. Should I ever succeed in getting you repaid of the 12£ you paid to the postillion you sent back here, I will pay them to Lady Valletort <4> as you desire me

I have the Honor to be
your most obedient Sert

P Lacroix

WH. Talbot Esqre


W.H.F. Talbot Esqre
poste restante
á Paris


1. Amélina Petit De Billier, ‘Mamie’, ‘Amandier’ (1798–1876), governess and later close friend of the Talbot family [See Amélina's journal ].

2. Possibly James Grattan (1783–1854), MP.

3. Misspelling for Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl of Granville (1815–1891), MP & diplomat.

4. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.