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Document number: 237
Date: 15 Jan
Dating: 1861-1864 (between watermark and Uncle Wm's death)
Watermark: 1860
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MUNDY Harriot Georgiana, née Frampton
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 29th January 2012

Jany 15th

My dear Henry

Your letter arrived at the moment we were leaving Melbury <1> last Saturday, after having passed ten days there very agreably [sic]of an invalid, but since the very serious illness he had last September just after the visit to Glamorganshe<2> very great care is necessary, as it has left his throat & chest so weak that all risk of cold is to be most carefully avoided He never leaves the house excepting in very fine days to take a drive in a Brougham, so that the garden is now quite lost to him which seems so strange! There are some very nice Ferns in one of the Houses but I did not study them particularly and what you wd greatly admire are the Limes which ripen so well that they are used like Lemons with those goodly Fowls yclept<3> Wild Ducks and Abbotsbury Teal Apropos, only think of the number of Swans on the Fleet amounting this year to 860!<4> Uncle Wm is fortunate in his choice of a wife as Ly I. <5> takes admirable care of him & makes all the Family welcome & comfortable They do not contemplate moving, excepting to Abb. <6> for a while, untill [sic] June, so if you come southwards before that perhaps you may see them. We could not go to Moreton <7> because it is let for the winter & Henry & Ctte <8> are on the move sometimes at Dawlish sometimes (as now) at Weymouth so we came here. Mr Mundy <9> has long had a Fancy to see the place & it is so pretty & sunny that we cannot believe it to be January, & after the grievous loss in the North of England of all kinds of Evergreens last year ones eyes rest with envy on the Arbutus & Laurestinus [sic] Flourishing as if winter was a thing unknown. Our further movements are quite undecided, but we feel it a respite that Parlt does not meet before next month so we can enjoy ourselves comfortably & escape much of the Derbyshire winter.

Will you tell Constance <10> with our affte love that her letter duly reached Mr Mundy yesterday & was very acceptable especially as you had not deigned to mention any of your belongings. I wish extremely that we could see something of Charles 11> He left such an agreable impression upon us all that we do not like so many years to pass without renewing our intercourse. You & he must really come & visit us at Markeaton <12> next summer. I want to shew you the Collection of Vines at Elvaston<13> &c &c

With love to all Yr affte Cousin
H Georga Mundy


1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.

2. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795 10 Jan 1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat. His illness is perhaps the one he refers to in a 13 December letter, tentatively dated 1861 - see Doc. No: 08482.

3. An archaic (sometimes poetic) past participle form of the verb clepe: to call.

4. The Fleet is a lagoon, inland of Chesil Beach and close to Abbotsbury, famed for its swannery.

5. Lady Sophia Penelope Jolliffe, ne Sheffield (1822-1882); first m. WTHF Strangways, second m. 1st Baron Hylton.

6. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

7. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.

8. Henry Frampton (1804-1879) and his wife Charlotte, ne Blencowe of Dawlish.

9. William Mundy (1801-1877), politician, WHFTs brother-in-law.

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

11. Charles Henry Talbot (18421916), antiquary & WHFTs only son.

12. Markeaton Hall, Derbyshire, NW of Derby: home of the Mundy family.

13. Elvaston Castle, near Derby.

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