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Document number: 1840
Date: 29 Jul 1829
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: PENNANT Elizabeth Dawkins
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA29-73
Last updated: 20th February 2012

Penrhyn Castle Bangor N:W
July 29 1829

Dear Mr Talbot

I lose no time in answering your note which Mr Pennant <1> gave me on my arrival here a few minutes ago. We shall stay here till the 9th or 10th of August when we return to [illegible] & come back again hither at the first week of September to stay some time. & we hope then to meet Mr Hopper <2> here

It will give us great pleasure if you arrange your plans to be in this neighbourhood, at either of the above mentioned periods. & we wish we had it in our power to offer you the accommodation of a bed, which we regret the present state of Penrhyn will not allow us to do, as we are only in a make shift sort of way here. I assure you the delightful verdure of the country & beautiful views make me think the hot rooms of London ten times more disagreeable than I find them at the time I am enjoying them. Pray remember me vy kindly to Lady Elis. & Cn Feilding <3>

Yrs try
Eliz Dawkins Pennant

If we can be of any use in prospecting a room for you at the “Penrhyn Arms <4> Hotel Bangor N: Wales pray let us know.


1. George Hay Dawkins Pennant (d. 1840).

2. Thomas Hopper (1776–1856), architect & surveyor, London. Between 1820-1845, he greatly modified Penryn Castle, a 18th c country house in North Wales. The elaborate changes were enabled by the Dawkins-Pennant fortune, made from Welsh slate and Jamaican sugar. The house is now a National Trust Property.

3. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother, and Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.

4. No closing quotes.

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