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Document number: 1397
Date: 10 Mar 1826
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TALBOT Christopher Rice Mansel
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 10th February 2012

Melbury <1>
March 10

My dear Henry

I hope this may reach you before you take wing for Corfu, I shall start immediately after election matters will allow of my absence – but I much fear that the variety of intervening temptations between Gibraltar & Corfu, will prevent my reaching the latter till after you have left it – I wish I could tempt you on to Constantinople or Alexandria.

John Strangways <2> is gone up the Nile with Mr Phillips a gentleman of Leicester Shire – and I am in great hopes I shall meet him somewhere next year – I will not fail to leave an account of my movements with William <3> at Florence. I leave this tomorrow for Margam, <4> where I have been staying two days in my way from Plymouth. In about a month I shall be in London, but I have had so much to do in Glamorganshire this winter, that I was quite prevented from going to Town as I expected – I am in hopes my sisters will come too, but they are not over-ready or anxious in the cause –

Believe me Dear Henry Every truly Yours
C R M Talbot

PS – pray tell Mr Feilding <5> I have directed his sherry to be shipped 3 weeks ago, but that no ship has left Swansea for six weeks in consequence of the westerly winds –

Sherborne, March ten 1826 Ilchester <6>
H. F. Talbot Esqr
31. Sackville St


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

2. John George Charles Fox Strangways (1803–1859), MP.

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

4. Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.

5. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.

6. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858).

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