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Document number: 9478
Date: 26 Jan 1869
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MAXWELL Mary, née Clark
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 21st January 2011

[on light mourning paper]

26th Janry 1869

My dear Mr Talbot,

You took such a kind interest in my proposed journey to the East that I think I should write and tell you, that it has all come to nothing, for this year at any rate I got a reply a few days ago from Captain Ewart in which he says that for many reasons they have decided not to go to the Holy Land at this time The house at Brighton is not as yet relet and besides my cousin has not got Admiralty leave of absence, & thinks he may be wanted professionally at home, where he could return in a few days from Italy but not so, if in Syria & he does not seem to be very well having still a cough & been ordered to Naples for change of air, where they now are He says he hopes to go still to the East on some subsequent occasion, when I could start with them direct from this country, & not have to make such a long journey alone to join them & when also he hopes I would not then be in any anxiety in leaving my Aunt so he puts it a little on my account, but it is evidently their own wish that has decided their plans. I hardly know whether I am most disappointed or relieved, I wanted very much to go, & yet I rather dreaded going so far away from my friends & causing them great anxiety on my behalf.

I am, my dear Sir Yrs most sincerely
Mary Maxwell

H. F. Talbot Esqre
Lacock Abbey