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Document number: 7128
Date: 04 Feb 1855
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TRAHERNE John Montgomerie
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 21138
Last updated: 12th December 2010

Penrice Castle Feb 4. 1855

My dear Talbot,

You will all be grieved when I tell you that dear lady Mary <1> was Taken from us at ½ 6 last Evening. We arrived on that morning to stay over the 11th which was her birthday – She appeared to be very cheerful – & dined with us – yesterday she complained of uneasiness but nothing occurred to incite alarm – ‘till a few minutes before dissolution – when they brought up Talbot<2> – We are all overwhelmed by this sudden shock – poor dear Miss T.<3> bears up wonderfully – T. [illegible] wh who know so well that all but [illegible] character we have lost – I now say no more – With our best regards to Mrs Talbot, <4>

I remain Yours ever truly
John M. Trahearne

Henry Fox Talbot Esq
Lacock Abbey


1. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, nιe Fox Strangways; first m. Talbot (1776- 3 Feb 1855), WHFT's aunt.

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

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

4. Constance Talbot, nιe Mundy (30 Jan 1811 - 9 Sep 1880), m. WHFT 20 Dec 1832.

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