I am sorry to say that I am engaged to dine
d with Mr Robinson on Thursday next which will deprive me of the pleasure which you were so good as to propose to my acceptance –
It would have given me great pleasure to have made Captain Fielding’s [sic] & Lady Elizabeth’s <1> acquaintance – I trust to you to express my regret at not being able to avail myself of this opportunity of doing so –
Believe me very truly yours
Henry Talbot Esqr
31 Sackville Street
1. Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father and Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.