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Document number: 04255
Date: 07 May 1841
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: NURSE William Mountford
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA41-30
Last updated: 26th January 2013

5 Langham Place
7 May 1841.

Dear Sir

I feel assured, that so interesting a subject, would increase our number, beyond the extent mentioned in your Letter,<1> and I am most anxious that we should receive your support, which I hope to see accomplished after the interview of Wednesday next with Mr Smith

I felt anxious that you should be in the possession of material facts, regarding the conduct of Mr Bains<2> to professor Wheatstone <3> & Mr B. undertakes to bring forward parties, to prove that he had communicated to them, that he proposed the application to the Clock 3 months, before he ever saw or communicated with the professor, his first introduction being the 1st of August last & he states, that although his patent was not sealed, when professor Wheatstone introduced the subject at the Royal Institution, <4> yet it had been applied for several weeks before that period & was then in progress.

I have the honor to be Dear sir Yours very faithfully
William M Nurse

H Fox Talbot Esqr
&c &c &c


1. WHFT's letter has not been located. This was probably in reference to the Royal Polytechnic Institution on Regent Street, near Langham Place - see Doc. No: 04310.

2. Alexander Bain (1810-1877), inventor of the electric clock and inventor of an electro-magnetic printing machine.

3. Sir Charles Wheatstone (18021875), scientist.

4. Royal Institution, London.