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Document number: 1307
Date: 01 Sep 1826
Postmark: 4 Sep 1826
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TALBOT Christopher Rice Mansel
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA25(MW)-53
Last updated: 10th February 2012

Sept. 1.

My dear Henry

I received your letter & when I go to Egypt I will look out for curiosities manuscripts & antiquities for you, but I intend to buy as many as I can get for myself; I hope Egypt will furnish enough for us both –

I am now waiting only for a wind to go to Cadiz, Lord Yarborough <1> in the Falcon yacht will accompany me as far as Ushant, & then he goes into Brest. My doctor, & my French servant both left me suddenly as the vessel was leaving Southampton. Masson <2>, being in dread of sea-sickness, and the doctor, on account of his feelings overcoming him at the idea of leaving a country he had resided in for 25 years – he had been only 3 days on board, & professed to like it extremely till the fatal moment of weighing anchor arrived – I afterwards discovered he was in love. However I have replaced both steward & doctor, by very good substitutes. The doctor was no botanist, hated travelling; & told me he admired no scenery but that of London!! In fact he was no go. Pray tell Mr Feilding <3> I will send him a butt of the very best, and I have a fair claim on the Consul as I am taking his son out as a passenger to Cadiz. I received the Sextant very safe.

Yours Ever truly
C R M Talbot

PS. my direction is The care of J M Brackenbury Esqr HBM - Consul Cadiz <4> letters may be sent inclosed to him thro’ the foreign Office – I have some idea of cutting the gulf of Lyons altogether & proceeding straight for Sicily – but shall be very ready to meet you there, as I always like the second visit better than the first
Pray write –

W. H. F Talbot Esqr
31 Sackville St


1. Charles Anderson Pelham, 1st Earl of Yarborough (1781–1846), 1st Commodore of the Yacht Club.

2. A servant.

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

4. Sir John Macpherson Brackenbury (1778-1847), British consul-general.

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