Feby 23d, 1833
My dear Talbot –
Many thanks for your prompt attention to my commission – but I rather think I made a mistake in the direction – That said Duke St. is a sad street for numbers – “numerisque fertur lege solutis”. <1> My old Landlady’s house used to be 13, but I believe it is now 15, so pray, try again for me, like a good-natured M.P. as you are (bloody-minded though you be about Ireland)<2> & believe me
ever most truly Yours
Henry F Talbot Esqr M.P.
31 Sackville St
1. From Horace, Odes, IV, ii.11. Writing about the poet Pindar, Horace said that “he is carried way by melody/music, far from laws” (a more modern translation might be “he is carried away by enthusiasm and ignores the rules of verse”). Moore was using the other meaning of numerus, its literal sense of number, complaining that it is Duke Street that is carried away. We might say today “Duke Street is responsible for its disorderly system of house numbering”.
2. In 1833, the British Government introduced the Irish Church Temporalities Bill; WHFT's feelings about the debates surrounding this are expressed in Doc. No: 02602. See also Doc. No: 02600, Doc. No: 02624, Doc. No: 02725.