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Document number: 9777
Date: 09 May 1871
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: SMYTH Charles Piazzi
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 23rd August 2017


9 May 1871

My dear Sir,

When I saw recently & almost simultaneously of a paper on spectrum analysis by you before the R. Soc. Edin.,<1> & also a paper on an Assyrian eclipse before the Society of Biblical Archæology in London,–<2> I was lost in wonder as to where you might be in bodily presence; but having had a glimpse of you yesterday at the R. Society’s rooms here, & hailing with delight your return to vivify these parts with intellectual light, I beg to send for your kind acceptance herewith two little brochures which have been published since you were last here,

& I remain
Your’s very truly
C. Piazzi Smyth

H. W. Fox Talbot Esq. FRS


1. WHFT, "Note on some Anomalous Spectra," Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, v. 7 no. 82, 3 April 1871, pp. 408-410.

2. WHFT, "On an Ancient Eclipse," Transactions of the Society for Biblical Archaeology, v. 1 part 1, January 1872, pp. 13–19.