Thirty-nine letters (numbers 1-39, 22 October 1828-August 1829) from Margaret Compton (d 1830), later Marchioness of Northampton, to the Honourable Henry Edward Fox (1802-1859), later 4th and last Baron Holland. The majority is written from Rome, and the letters are addressed to Fox in France (mostly, February-March 1826), Italy and London. All are dated within a period of nine months (October 1825-June l826), except for four which are dated July and August 1829. Numbers 40-41 contain verses in Margaret Compton's hand.
The letters are primarily personal, but have social and literary value; many contain information concerning members of the English community in Italy and common acquaintances in Italian Society. Several letters are addressed to Sir Walter Scott and concern his financial difficulties.