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Document number: 2396
Date: 06 Aug 1832
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: WILMOT William Jnr
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA32-036
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Chippenham <1>

August 6th 1832.

Dear Sir

Above I beg to send you Copy of the Resolutions agreed to this day, at a meeting held at the Town Hall Chippenham, and handed me by the Committee with a request to forward them you and solicit your Assistance. – I did not attend the Meeting as I was not acquainted with your feelings on the Subject and therefore was unprepared to give a satisfactory reply to any appeal that might have been made to me. – the Sitting Members have subscribed £25 each, and I understand that it was the general impression of the Meeting, considering the high Situation in which you now stand in this Borough, a similar Sum might be expected from you. – I think it right to give you this Information, and under all circumstances, I would venture to suggest the propriety of your meeting the expectations of the People, as I do not consider there is the least doubt of your Election for the Borough, and it will greatly add to your popularity. –

I shall be much obliged by your early reply, as it is desirable to get the Dinner over next Week if possible

I am
Dear Sir
Yours very faithfully & obliged

Wm Wilmot Junr

There will be from 1500 to 2000 Persons to feast –

<Copied at top of letter>

Resolved <2>

1st That it is the wish of the Meeting, that the passing of the Reform Bill should be celebrated –

2<o?> That there should be no Illumination on the occasion –

3d That it is the Opinion of this Meeting that the most suitable method of celebrating the passing the Reform Bill <sic> is by giving a public cold Dinner to the Poor of the Parish –

4th That a Committee be appointed for carrying the foregoing resolution into effect –

5th That the following Gentlemen constitute the Committee with the power of adding to their number –

(Here follow the names of the Committee)

W. H. F. Talbot Esqr
31, Sackville Street
If not there to be forwarded immediately
Post Office <3>
Isle of Wight


1. Chippenham, Wiltshire: largest town near Lacock, 3 miles N.

2. Copied at top of letter.

3. Readdressed in another hand.

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