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Document number: 2016
Date: 07 Jul 1830
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: NAPIER Caroline Amelia, née Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 16th December 2010

Battle House
Bromham <1>

July 7th 1830

My dear Mr Talbot

As I hear you are now at Laycock I will no longer delay thanking you for your kind present of The Legendary Tales <2> which I found here on my return from Weymouth ten days ago. If I have appeared very negligent in not doing so sooner it is only because I knew nothing of their arrival until my return home.

They have I assure you afforded us all the greatest amusement and interest and I am quite anxious to hear that your sister Caroline <3> has made drawings of some of the most striking scenes, several of which would I think be beautiful subjects, particularly from the Magic Mirror, the Danish Legend and Rosina, and also from some of the little Legends in the presentiment.

If Lady Elisabeth <4> and your sisters are yet at Laycock pray give them my kind love. Colonel Napier <5> desires me to add his kind regards to you all. He is quite wild with eagerness and anxiety about the astonishing news from France <6> most impatient for intelligence and in short he can think and talk of nothing else.

Believe me yours very sincerely
Caroline Napier


1. Wiltshire.

2. WHFT, Legendary Tales, in Verse and Prose (London: James Ridgway, 1830).

3. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, ne Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (18081881); WHFTs half-sister.

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

5. William F P Napier.

6. A reference to the July Revolution in France in 1830.