My dear Henry
I was sorry to miss you today but I could have told you no news, as Ld L <1> says the D. of W. <2> is to remain at the Ministry till Sir Rt. Peel <3> arrives which will be the end of next week it is expected – the D. drove to Downing St as soon as he was sworn in & sent for all the Keys, & the Boxes the latter were hardly emptied so very little time was allowed to clear out. Ld Erroll <4> has [illegible] much to the [Ks?] & they envy the Qns discomfiture –
She sent her own private favorite & Secy to fetch Sir Robt & I fancy is rather proud of what she has achieved & does not disdain it. I expect Ld L next week. I had a letter recty from your Mother <5>
1. Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780–1863), MP, WHFT’s uncle.
2. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) In Peel's second cabinet, he was appointed Secretary Without Portfolio and Leader of the House of Lords.
3. Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), Prime Minister from 10 Dec 1834 - 8 Apr 1835 and from 30 Aug 1841 - 29 Jun 1846.
4. William George Hay Errol, 17th Earl of Erroll (1801–1846), Lord Steward from 1839-1841.
5. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.