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Document number: 2789
Date: 09 Jan 1834
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: THACKERAY Mary Ann, née Shakespear
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA34(MW)-5
Last updated: 9th August 2010

Broxbourne Vicarage
Waltham Cross
Jany 9 1834

My dear Henry

As you will possibly recollect that you are one of the Trustees to our Marriage <1> settlement I have a request to make which I hope you will find no difficulty in complying with. Under my Aunt Davenport's <2> will I am entitled to certain copyholds & freeholds at Bredon in Worcestershire the former I hold only on my own life & the whole income of both is not more than £100 a year. As by far the greater part is copyhold, at my death the benefit arising from it will cease to my children. As therefore a purchaser has offered for the whole property at a fair price I am anxious to obtain your consent for the sale & we must by the settlement shall invest the money in the funds for the future good of the children. As the extent of the money when placed there will be about £30 a year less than what we receive from Bredon at present, it is manifest that nothing but their good would lead us so far to reduce our very limited income. We shall be much obliged by an early answer from you. We like the situation of our Curacy very much & have been quietly settled here for the last 7 months. I heard from Mary <3> that she had been paying you a short visit at Lacock. Pray remember me to Lady Elisabeth <4> & with compliments to Mrs Talbot <5>

I am yrs sincerely
M.A. Thackeray


1. She was married to Francis Thackeray (1793-1842), author and clergyman.

2. Barbara Davenport (1754-1812), sister of WHFT's father. Mary Ann was the chief beneficiary of this will.

3. Mary Thereza Talbot (1795-1861), WHFT's cousin.

4. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773-1846), WHFT's mother.

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

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