Your letter <1> has only just reached me & I hasten to tell you that I shall be too happy both to receive & to distribute your Parliamentary Reforms
I little knew you were in the agonies of authorship when I hazarded that remark but I knew you ought to do something & many a true word is spoken in jest – by the way did you read Hare & Thirlwalls <2> defence of Niebuhr If not, do, it is at the Atheneum <3> – Thirlwalls closing sentence is a good specimen of his manner & there are sound views of polities in Hare’s part with quotations from the author himself well worth reading –
I have been obliged to come down here during Term time in consequence of the dangerous illness of my Uncle whose subsequent death you may possibly have seen in the papers – By the event the paternal estate devolves on my brother & the business arising out of it will detain me in Yorkshire a little while longer but I shall probably be back in Camb. in about ten days time
March 29 1830
W. H. F. Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street
1. Letter not located.
2. Julius Charles Hare (1795–1855), assistant tutor (1822–1832), Chaplain to the Queen (1853–1855), and Newell Connop Thirlwall, Bishop of St Davids (1797–1875), author, joint translators of Niebuhr’s History of Rome. In 1829 Hare published his Vindication of Niebuhr against charges of scepticism. Barthold Georg Niebuhr (1776–1831), statesman and classical historian.
3. Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London: WHFT’s club; a gentleman’s club composed primarily of artists and scientists.