You are aware or perhaps may not have been aware, that I have been suffering for a long time from the severe consequences of a fall. I should otherwise have called particularly with the hope of seeing your daughter & her husband <1> – but the odious weather (except for skaters) has hitherto prevented my venturing so far, even in a carriage – in the mean time let me ask whether Mr & Mrs G. Clarke, & you & Mrs Talbot <2> will dine here on monday or tuesday at 7 & shall be glad to see any of you who will
1. Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark, née Talbot (25 Feb 1839-1927), 'Tilly', WHFT's 3rd daughter; m. 16 June 1859, John Henry Gilchrist-Clark (1830–1881), Scottish JP; WHFT’s son-in-law.
2. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.
3. Bowood House, nr Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock: seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne.