Autograph Letter Signed ('E Herbert') to Wyatt, on the subject of 'the lighting of the Wilton Chapel'.

Edward Herbert (d.1870?) [Thomas Henry Wyatt (1807-1880); Wilton House]
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Cairo. Feby. 18. 1864.'
SKU: 8868

12mo, 2 pp. With mourning border. 42 lines. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper, with slight chipping to extremities. Herbert has not yet received Wyatt's 'promised letter', but wants 'to say one word [...] about the lighting of the Wilton Chapel. The Gap must be brought to the centre of the Ceiling before the works are completed, as Mr. Olivier wishes to give Eveng. Lectures to the Servants on different occasions & I thought a Corona in the centre would light the whole [...] I can quite trust to yr. Taste to choose one. The Gap is already laid on in the Passage alongside [...] I long to see it all & to know how the Windows look, & the Picture at the East End of the Parquet'. He reports that they 'have just arrived from Upper Egypt after a charminng expedition & are on the wing for Jerusalem'. References to 'Lord Pembroke & Lady Maude', and to 'Another Indian Victim, Sir Charles Mac Carthy'. Concludes 'We hear anxious accts. of the health of Sir John Lawrence!' The writer of the letter is presumably the diplomat Edward Herbert (cousin of the Queensland premier Sir R. G. W. Herbert), murdered near Athens by Greek brigands in 1870.