Normanton nr. Stamford
Octr. 7. 1839
My dear Sir
Accept my best thanks for your Present of "Hermes" No. 2., which I received last week. <1> I am delighted with your Derivation of "Oivoğ", and your Account of the Pithos. It is inded a most interesting number, and I hope you will persevere in the Work.-
I was in London the week before last for a Day or two, but concluded that you were not in Town. If I should go there again in the Spring, I hope to have the Pleasure of meeting you. I understand you have two Daughters, whom with Mrs. Talbot I hope are in good health.-
Yrs. ever faithfully,
I was one day at the Polytechnicon, and heard a Lecture upon Photogenic Drawing, in which of course your name as the Inventor was frequently mentioned. <5>
Stamford October eighth 1839
H F Talbot Esqre
1. Hermes: or Classical and Antiquarian Researches, No. 2. (London: Longman, Orme, Green, Brown & Longman, 1839).
2. Henrietta Bonney (1784-1863).
3. Lady Louisa Somerset, wife of George Finch.
5. This was a lecture and demonstration by the popular lecturer, John Thomas Cooper, Jnr. (1790-1854) at the Polytechnic Institution, 309 Regent Street. Talbot purchased Daguerreotypes from him and later even bought photogenic drawings; see Doc. No: 03971.