May 21. 1832
I have seen Mr Roberts for a few minutes only since his interview with you – and from his words, and your letter, I infer he will not be Curate of Lacock –
Mr Roberts is singular, and very sensitive; but he is a scholar, a gentleman, and a good man –
The other gentleman, of whom I last wrote to you, Mr Bush, is a great Friend of the Bishop of London, <1> and was once curate to Butler <2> at Gayton <3> – I am sorry both for your sake and his, that your report of the soil and situation does not appear to him favorable.
Whether as a companion, a Christian, or a preacher, I know not his equal. I am to be his curate at South Luffenham, while he is travelling in quest of health for Mrs Bush – I much fear her declining health will terminate fatally ere long – I do not know of any one whom I can recommend to your curacy; should I hear of any clergyman, whom I think you would like, I will venture to name him to you – of course, you could not wish to have any one, who would take the curacy as a title for orders –
The parishioners, in general, would not feel so much confidence in a young man, as the guide of their souls –
Your description of the site & of Lacock is very tempting to us; but we have already felt the inconvenience and unhealthiness of a small house; and as a curate, I could not venture to enlarge the house.
If you go to Doncaster or any where northwards this year, will you stop and see us at Luffenham – we go hence to that place at the beginning of August –
Believe me very truly yours
H. Fox Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville St
1. Dr Charles James Blomfield (1786–1857), Bishop of London.
2. Rev George Butler (1774–1853), Headmaster at Harrow, where he taught WHFT and Porter.