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Document number: 4057
Date: 07 Mar 1840
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TRAHERNE John Montgomerie
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 10th March 2012

Coedriglan <1>
7 March.

Dear Talbot,

I have received the accompanying [ratio] from Bruce Knight which I think worth forwarding to you.

Do you know anything of a Lunatic Asylum at Devises Kept by a person of the name of Phillips? <2>

Our Union has thought fit to remove the lunatics from there to Bailbrook House.

I hear that a considerable sum is about to be expended by Phillips in enlarging his Premises if the Establishment be not in some extrication, this seems an odd circumstance

If you could find out from any friend in the neighbourhood (without mentioning the quarter where the enquiry arises) what is thought of the Establishment & whether the Medical attendance be respectable in point of talent, you will oblige me.

Believe me to remain, Yours truly,
John M. Traherne.

PS. I was sorry to hear of the losses you sustained in the Storms. The winds have injured the foliage of our evergreens to a great extent much exceeding that of the hard winter. Charry <3> is pleased with the photogenics <4> you were kind enough to send.


1. Coedriglan, near Cardiff, Wales: home of the Rev John Montgomerie Traherne, husband of WHFTs cousin Charlotte.

2. Thomas Phillips, governor of the Lunatic Asylum at Bellevue.

3. Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, ne Talbot (18001880), WHFTs cousin.

4. With the coming of an unusually bright Spring in 1840, WHFT rapidly improved his photogenic drawing process, particularly in producing negatives in the camera, a goal that had been frustrated by the terribly bad weather throughout 1839.

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