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Document number: 4146
Date: 14 Oct 1840
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MOORE Thomas (poet)
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA40-71
Last updated: 12th September 2013

Sloperton <1>
October 14

My dear Talbot

I wrote to Lady Elisabeth <2> (who, I dare say, is by this time returned) on the subject of my roosting for a few days at in [sic] Sackville St. <3> and she answered that all I had to do was to ascertain whether you were going up, and if not, that I might then take possession So pray let me have a line, on the subject, by return of post, and say at the same time, whether there is any thing that I can do for Mrs Talbot <4> or yourself, while in town

Ever yours
T. Moore

You all charmed Hayward so much the other day that I am sure the next book you publish will be sure of a niche in the Quarterly he being one of the High Priests of that Tory establishment.<5>


Notes:

1. Sloperton Cottage, Wiltshire, 1 mi E of Lacock: home of Thomas Moore, the Irish poet.

2. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, ne Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (17731846), WHFTs mother.

3. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT. As a close friend of the Feildings, Moore stayed there - 'roosted' - on occasion.

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

5. Abraham Hayward (1801-1884), a man of letters especially known for his interpretations of Faust. The Quarterly Review, a literary and political journal, was published by John Murray (also WHFT's publisher). It was unreservedly Tory, countering the well-established Edinburgh Review with its strong Whig bias. While the direct reference for 'niche' is to an entry in the Review, a possible secondary meaning would be a nod to a statuary niche in the temple of the Tory high priests. According to Moore's Journal, he and Hayward had visited Lacock Abbey together on 20-21 September.

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