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Document number: 390
Date: 12 Sep
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TALBOT Mary Thereza
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 3rd November 2012

Penrice <1>
Sept 12

My dear Henry

I have been much disappointed that you did not fulfil your promise of bringing Charles <2> here during his holidays, I have been thinking of it many times & had collected a few seeds for you which I hope may be acceptable, I should have enjoyed going about with you, & Charles might have made acquaintance with his Cousins, now they are gone to Margam <3> Fanny Strangways <4> & I shall follow soon most likely, and so I must send my seeds by the post -

I do not know that they are rightly named but you will settle that matter when you see them, easily -

Jane <5> thinks herself better for the baths at Wildbad <6>and intends returning via Munich the end of this month. I do not know what their plans for the winter may be. -

Chrisr <7> wrote me word he had heard from you a short time ago he is still at Cowes I fancy but expected at Margam very soon. -

Mr Traherne and Charlotte <8> are at Tenby. they are tolerably well & I hope enjoying the Sea side. the weather for the last ten days has been very fine & everyone is extremely busy getting in the harvest.

My kind love to dear Cousin Constance <9> I am sure she would have put you in mind of your promise if she had known all about it! -

I am your affate coz

Arabis rosea is now quite naturalized on the Cliffs by the old Castle, & has been gay this summer


1. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.

2. Charles Henry Talbot (1842-1916), antiquary & WHFT's only son.

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

4. Fanny Strangways, daughter of the Rev the Hon Charles Strangways.

5. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796-1874).

6. Now Bad Wildbad, a spa town in the Black Forest, south of Karlsruhe.

7. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803-1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT's Welsh cousin.

8. Rev John Montgomerie Traherne (1788-1860), JP & author and Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800-1880), WHFT's cousin.

9. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811-1880), WHFT's wife.

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