I have reced a Letter from Mr Wilmot <2> this morning. He has seen Mr Pownall <3> who appears inclined to abandon any further attempt at Chippenham. He was very much engaged yesterday, and promised to give his definitive Answer this day, which Wilmot will bring down with him tomorrow Morning by the first Coach, and I will immediately send it to you, tho’ it will save him if you will send your Servant here about 9 o’clock. I think you have lost nothing by Mr Scropes <4> Canvass who has not obtained any promises – If Mr Pownall should decline, which will enable Wilmot to speak possitively <sic> on that subject, Your application to the Freemen afterwards will insure you many Votes –
I think the Dinner will be proper, if you do not regard the expence of a general Invitation to all the Freemen, which must be, if it takes place at all.
I see no objection to your canvassing tomorrow, and if you begin about Eleven You will get thro’ it in the course of the Morning.
I remain Dear Sir
Your obliged Servt
1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.
2. William Wilmot, jnr, solicitor, Chippenham.
3. Probably J. G. Henry Pownall (1792–1880), of Spring Grove, Hounslow.
4. George Julius Duncombe Poulett Scrope (1797–1876), MP & scientist.