Jan. 14. 1833.
I should before now have added my mite of congratulation upon your return for Chippenham, <1> and upon the far more important event, your marriage <2> but I waited to convey to you a little intelligence respecting myself.
You will easily give me credit for wishing you all the happiness that an enlightened and welldisposed [sic] mind can enjoy both in public and domestic life. I never think of the kind offer <3> you made me without a regret that I shall not more nearly witness the fulfilment of my wishes Within the last few days, Lord Exeter <4> has entrusted to my charge the parish in which his Lordship resides; which comprises also the richest and best part of the town of Stamford
The emolument is very small, under 100£ a year: but we are wellknown [sic] in the town and neighbourhood have experienced great kindness during five years residence here the removal will be attended with little expense, and we have an opportunity of inhabiting a very good house within my parish.
Should you be acquainted with my Tory Patron, a word spoken in my favour by a partial friend might promote my interests, render my residence near Burghley more agreeable; and gratify my feelings.
I have already four little ones; all of them healthy, welldisposed [sic], and of promising faculties but parents are apt to be partial.
There are very few changes in this county since you resided in it. George Finch, <5> of Burley, is going to enter upon his political career, with his own energy and zeal He is however disposed to reform the church, and perhaps other departments of the state and, though I am not disposed to be a croaker, I think an acquiescence in practical measures of reform the only safe policy
I really believe there are very few real
enies enemies to the Established Church: those same < illegible> suppose and still fewer who would desire to see the country at sea, without a legally established ministry to act as pilots; though many other seats may be necessary to man the vessel
Once more accept my sincere congratulations,
and believe me, Dear Talbot, ever yours truly
W. H. Fox Talbot Esqre
31. Sackville Street
1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.
2. WHFTs marriage to Constance Mundy (18111880).
4. Cecil Brownlow, 2nd Marquis of Exeter, owner of Burleigh House, Stamford.
5. George Finch (17941870), JP & MP.