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Document number: 6853
Date: 16 Sep 1853
Postmark: 18 Sep 1853
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TALBOT Mary Thereza
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: enelope 22925
Last updated: 16th February 2012


2 Wellington Place
Tunbridge Wells
Sepr 16

My dear Henry

We were very glad to hear from you at last and as you said nothing to the contrary I hope all are well with you & enjoying themselves at Greta Bank. My kind love to all if you please –

I can give you a much better account of the family at Tunbridge Wells Jane herself has shaken off the ague and so has Christiana I am happy to say, but as yet we see no difference in poor Jane’s powers of moving about she can walk with her stick & some help from one room to another but that is all. She sleeps very badly at night, & is very nervous at times, but wonderfully cheerful in general. – Lucy is so much stronger & better, it is a pleasure to see her, so active, so ready to do things for others & so useful to her Mother after having been such an invalid for years. I hope she will bear the cold of this climate during the winter & then she will enjoy the Garden at Merthyrmawr next year. Jane intends going to her house in Belgrave Square when she leaves this place. the waters seem to be doing so much good to Theresa she is anxious to remain here on her account whilst we have fine weather but that cannot be expected to be much longer. Jane has all her Sons here excepting Ilted who is at Portsmouth in the Excellence leaving Gurnsey [sic] I suppose Rice will soon return to Eton.

Mamma is pretty well she has enjoyed going to Penshurst Bayham Abbey &c very much but is not strong enough to bear any very long excursions: there are plenty of vehicles of various descriptions here to take her about in & plenty of companions!! the weather has been changeable but in general very pleasant for exercise & I have been taking some charming long walks round about this place the air is very fine – I wish I could give you a good account of Susie Franklen but she continues to be just as helpless (in her lower limbs) the Doctor however tells them he has no doubt of her ultimate recovery. the nerves of her Back cause much pain when she is not kept quiet and yet they say it is not inflamation [sic] of the spine. she outgrew her strength which made her fall ill originally. she is a pattern of cheerfulness & when she can employ herself is most diligent. Isabella is tolerably well but leads a very anxious life & it is very inconvenient to be obliged to remain at Clifton. Mr Franklen is at home and far from well, his Eldest Daughter has been with him for a short time but I hope when Harvest work is done he will return to Clifton. –

Mr Traherne & Charlotte are gone to meet Uncle Wm at Brecon some Archeological [sic] meeting I think – We expect Chrisr here very soon – & hope he will bring some of the Childn to see their Cousins & Aunt Jane –

Mr Llewelyn & Emma came here for a week this place is new to them as well as to us! they brought some very pretty Photographs done by the instantaneous process, &

Your affate Coz
Mary. –

H. Fox Talbot Esqre
Greta Bank

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