[The letter is in the BL and its envelope is in the NMeM.]
I am sorry to miss Mr Blore, <1> tho’ the small job I had in view at Bowood <2> is quite unworthy of his genius – & may be settled by an expert builder. I hear the house he is building for Sir G. Phillips turns out much better than Ponsonby’s <3> in Dorsetshire –
There is a regular [illegible] of return of converts to the Catholic question, but not all so honest as the Limerick Alderman who be criticised for it, stating that he had never been against it but to please his Majesty’s ministers.
There is to be a great contest between the French & Austrians for the new pope. <6>
I have got a smart attack of gout which I am assured is very satisfactory & safe finale after an illness, so that I submit to it with a good grace. we may perhaps run down to Bowood for a week when it is better –
H. F. Talbot Esq
1. Edward Blore (1787–1879), architect & artist.
2. Bowood House, nr Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock: seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne.
3. John Ponsonby, Viscount Ponsonby.
4. Robert Stewart, Lord Castlereagh, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (1769–1822), politician.
5. Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769–1852), was in command of the forces that defeated Napoleon.
6. Pope Pius VIII (1761–1830), was elected on 31 March 1829.
7. Louisa Howard, née Fitzmaurice (d. 1906), daughter of Lady Louisa Emma Fitzmaurice.
8. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.