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Document number: 3591
Date: 25 Sep 1837
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MOORE Thomas (poet)
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA37-49
Last updated: 12th September 2013

Sloperton, September 25h
1837.

Thank you, my dear Talbot, for your notices from and of the Pells.<1> I should not ask a better Clerk of them than yourself (as far as I am concerned) seeing that you know exactly the sort of things I should wish extracted from them. I had a visit, however, yesterday from a great Publisher (coming to offer me 1500, which alack, I cannot accept) and, on my mentioning the work to him, he undertook to get it for me, saying, what I hope is true, that it does not extend beyond two volumes.<2> When do you all come down? I trust soon as I long, though at the same time, tremble to see Lady Elisabeth.<3> My best love to her and your sisters. <4>

Ever truly yours
Thomas Moore

Mrs Talbot<5> came and went the other day like summer lightning without our having more than a mere glimpse of her Bowles<6> being in the depth of an early dinner with us, at the time.

[address panel:]
Henry F. Talbot. Esqre
31 Sackville Street


Notes:

1. The Clerk of the Pells was an officer of the Exchequer who kept records from the 12th to the early 19th centuries. They were originally on parchment rolls, called pells (from pellis, skin) and pipe rolls (because they were rolled up in the form of a pipe). The Public Records Commission published 4 volumes in 1833 and 1844. Moore probably wishes to consult the most recent publication.

2. Richard Bentley of New Burlington St, London, offered Moore 1500 for a three volume light Eastern tale, set in Circassia.

3. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, ne Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (17731846), WHFTs mother had recently lost her husband Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (17801837), Royal Navy; WHFTs step-father.

4. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister, and Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, ne Feilding (18101851), WHFTs half-sister.

5. Constance Talbot, ne Mundy (18111880), WHFTs wife.

6. Rev William Lisle Bowles (17621850), Wiltshire poet & antiquary. He would soon publish the Annals and Antiquities of Lacock Abbey, in the County of Wilts, with Memorials of the Foundress of Ela Countess of Salisbury, and of The Earls of Salisbury of the Houses of Salisbury and Longspe; including Notices of the Monasteries of Bradenstoke, Hinton, and Farley (London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son, 1835).

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