My Dear Sir
In reply to a communication I had from Capt Feilding <1> this morning I beg to say that I cannot object to any Gentleman recommended by you, believing you are equally anxious with myself for the spiritual & temporal welfare of my Parishioners, therefore with respect to Mr Roberts I need only notice those particulars to which your letter refers - I propose 80£ together with the Surplice Fees & Easter Offerings which may be from 20 to 25£ per Ann: as the neat[?] profit of the Living is now about 200£ per Ann will I believe, be considerd liberal the House unfurnished & premises &c -
As far as concerns myself it may be considered permanent - the Bishop will also grant a Licence to the Curate on giving me Licence for Non-residence for which I shall apply as soon as I can present an elegible [sic] Person to his Lordship as a Curate The plan of the House & premises forwarded to Mr Porter <2> will give Mr Roberts a very good idea of the Vicarage and you will be able to afford him every information respecting the parish, shod he therefore on receiving such information, be disposed to undertake the charge I shall be ready to confirm any engagements you may enter into with him -
Shod Mr Roberts wish to visit Lacock Lacock [sic] I shall be happy to receive him at the Vicarage & can offer him a Bed
I am happy to say we sent off thirty three persons <3> - Men Women & Children last Eveg to Bristol where they were to embark on Board the Wilson and sale [sic] to morrow for Quebec - all in excellent spirits, & comfortably provided, I hope, for their passage and travelling expences to their final destination, wherever that may be determined upon
I am Sir your most obt Servt
May 11th 1832
1. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780-1837), Royal Navy; WHFT's step-father.
2. Charles Porter (1797-1877), fellow Cambridge student with WHFT and clergyman.