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Document number: 1788
Date: 02 Feb 1829
Harold White: 2 Feb 1829
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: SAINT-JOHN MILDMAY Jane, née Mildmay
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA29-24
Collection 2: National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Last updated: 9th July 2010

[The letter is in the BL and its envelope is in the NMeM.]

King Ina <1> was the successor of Ceadwalla <2> King of Wessex he made war upon the Britons in Somersets: & finally subdued them. His long reign of 37 years may be regarded as the most prosperous of the heptarchy – In the decline of his age he made a pilgrimage to Rome & after his return, shut himself up in a cloister, where he died –

See Hume <3> – Chapter the 1st

Being anxious to prove my Son Walter <4> not so ignorant as was supposed him, I send you this extract from Hume. – I cannot with equal facility prove, that any body cared for King Ina

yours truly,
J. S. John Mildmay

Henry Fox Talbot Esq
Henry F. Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey


1. Also called ‘Ine’, King of Wessex (688–726).

2. Ceadwalla, King of Wessex (685–688).

3. David Hume (1711–1776), History of England, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688 (6 vols. 1778).

4. Rev Walter Saint John Mildmay (1798–1835).

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