My dear Talbot
Since Emily wrote to Constance, <1> & which letter we hope she will have read before you open this, our worst fears have been realized respecting my poor Mother. <2> She quietly expired soon after 3 o’clock today, without having appeared to suffer much since yesterday. Of course we could not be prepared for so sudden a blow, yet I am thankful to say my Sisters have borne it admirably & my Father <3> is tolerable. Pray break this to Constance as quietly as you can, as she has not altogether recovered her accustomed strength. Give all our tenderest loves to her & believe me
Ever yours sincerely
H.F. Talbot Esqr
31. Sackville St
1. Emily Mundy (1807– 5 November 1839), WHFT’s sister-in-law, and Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811– 9 September 1880), WHFT’s wife.
2. Sarah Leaper Mundy, née Newton (d. 10 March 1836), WHFT's mother in law.
3. Francis Mundy (1771–1837), politician and father of Constance Talbot.