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Document number: 2114
Date: Dec 1831
Dating: Caroline's recent wedding
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: STRANGWAYS Juliana Maria, née Digby
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 8th March 2012

Melbury <1>

My dear Henry

Do not think me ungrateful for your kind attention in giving me your welcome & interesting report of dear Carolines marriage <2> one which I trust we are all to rejoice in

On Monday I hope for my introduction here – I have been in despair for the attraits of Ab: <3> but now the Sun again shines & I am easier – I brough [sic] from Ab yesterday in blow a new Iris of Wms <4> from Sicily it as brilliant blue with strong yellow pencilling at three points & smells sweet grows dwarfish & has quite silvery sheathings about its stem come & see – more are about to blow & one in Pot I hope when my acquaintance may be more perfect

Yr Affecte
M[illegible signature]<5>

tell me when you hear from Wm

[illegible deletion] H. F. Talbot Esqre


1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.

2. Lady Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding (1808-1881); WHFT's half-sister; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1840–1854 & 1863–1865. She married Ernest Augustus Edgcumbe, Lord Valletort, 3rd Earl of Mt Edgcumbe (1797–1861) on 6 December 1831.

3. Attractions of Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

4. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.

5. Signature and part of the valediction obscured under the seal. She signed her other letters Maria.

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