July 3d 1832.
I think it would be adviseable to canvass the Supporters of Captn Boldero <2> at the last Election, as well as to call on the Electors in the Town who were not at home on your late Canvass, – Mr Neeld <3> is now canvassing and it would probably be as well to defer your visit till next Week – From what I can learn from Mr Neelds Friends, it is not his intention to have anything to do with a second Candidate, and I am inclined to think no Opposition will be offered you from that quarter. – There are some Individuals in this Town who are opposed to Mr Neeld, and would support any Man to annoy him, and an attempt has been made to get up a Requisition to Mr Pownall <4> (who will not come to Chippenham without) which has hitherto failed. – I have heard nothing of Mr Mayne since you were here.
I have now no doubt of your Success, but would strongly beg to recommend your calling on your principal Supporters in a friendly way, when Opportunity serves, as it will tend to encourage favorable Opinions and bind them more to your Interest.
Captn Boldero meets a Party of his Friends at Dinner to day at the Duke Inn. –
Yours very obediently & faithfully
Wm Wilmot. Junr
W. H. F. Talbot Esqr
31 Sackville Street
1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.
2. Col Henry George Boldero (d. 1873), Conservative politician; sat for Chippenham in 1831 and from 1835 until his resignation in 1859.
3. Joseph Neeld (1789–1856), MP & botanist.
4. J. G. Henry Pownall (1792–1880).