April 18. 1832
I should have written sooner, had not the plan of Lacock Vicarage, caused us some doubt – Our wishes inclined us to accept it, but I really think the rooms are, every one of them, too small for their purpose –
Nor do I see how I could well ask Mr Paley <1> to assist me in any such alteration of the house as could make it a comfortable residence for our family.
At the end of last week, a friend offered me the curacy of South Luffenham, Rutlandshire – where there is an excellent, new house, furnished, and a very small population –
This offer has no influence in determining me to decline the curacy of Lacock but we have already experienced the evils of a small house – the parsonage of Wing being, in point of accommodation, about on a par with Lacock parsonage –
I shall have an opportunity of sending to your house in Sackville Street, <2> the plan, in a few days –
We remain here till the end of July; and then I suppose shall go to Luffenham – but a letter directed here will, of course, follow me –
I am very sorry to have given you so much trouble in vain; but you well know, the disappointment is great to me –
Believe me, dear Talbot,
very truly yours
H. F. Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street
1. Rev James Paley (1790–1863), Vicar at Lacock.
2. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT.