July 6th 1836
I have just receiv’d your polite Letter,<1> concerning the Living of Fisherton -<2> I was not aware Mrs Rooke<3> had spoken to you on the subject of Livings. As it will be a few years before my Son<4> is old enough to hold a Living, I shall not at present think of purchasing one for him – With thanks for the trouble it has given you,
believe me to remain, Dear Sir, Yours truly,
F. W. Rooke
H. F. Talbot Esqr
1. Letter not located.
2. Fisherton Anger, Salisbury, Wiltshire. WHFT had inherited the advowson (the right to present a new Rector to St Clement's Church) from his father, Davenport Talbot, and held it until 1849. The new Rector would enjoy the income and assets of the living, including the Rector's house. St Clement's was demolished in 1852 and parts of it were incorporated into the new St Paul's Church.
3. His 2nd wife, Harriet, née Hyde.
4. This was probably his 3rd son, Frederick John (b 1817) - he later became a minister.