Septr 20th 1853
In preparing some notes to a paper intended to be read before the Society of Antiquaries I have found occasion to mention the burial place of Sir Gilbert Talbot master of the Jewell House to Charles II. <1> May I then trouble you to inform me whether he lies buried at Lacock & whether – if so – any mont remains there to his memory? He appears to have died in 1695. If no epitaph is in the church recording the day of his death &c perhaps you will have the kindness to refer to the burial registers.
I see that Burke in his notice of your family states the last Sherington Talbot to have died an infant This was not the case. He was M.P. for Andover at the time & he was slain in a duel by Captain Love an officer in the Hampshire militia – <2>
I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your very obedt humble Servt
G. Steinman Steinman
Wm Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
&c &c &c
H. Fox Talbot Esqr
1. Sir Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and Waterford was born in 1552 and died in London on 8 May 1616. He was buried in St. Peters, Sheffield, on 12 August 1616.
2. The duel was in July 1785. In The Diary of John Evelyn, he recounts, "The battle ended, some words, first in jest, then in passion, passed between Sherrington Talbot (a worthy gentleman, son to Sir John Talbot, and who had behaved himself very handsomely) and one Captain Love, both commanders of the militia, as to whose soldiers fought best, both drawing their swords and passing at one another. Sherrington was wounded to death on the spot, to the great regret of those who knew him. He was Sir John,s only son." (New York: Walter Dunne, 1901). Also see Doc. No: 06400 and Doc. No: 06402.