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Document number: 2975
Date: 16 Aug 1834
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BRAYLEY Edward William jnr
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA34-36
Last updated: 26th January 2013

London Institution,
August 16th 1834.


In the absence of Mr Taylor, <1> whom I am in the habit of assisting in editing the Philosophical Magazine, <2> your paper entitled “Experiments in Light” <3> has been sent to me for examination. Your reputation as an optical inquirer and your known skill in the manipulation of optical researches would of themselves guarantee the propriety of inserting your communication; but since having to reply to your note in Mr Taylor’s absence, I have thought it my duty to read the first part of the paper and to look through the whole. I have great pleasure in giving you the assurance you desire, that it shall appear in the Philosophical Magazine, and in as short a space of time as is consistent with our present arrangements. As I am not aware that you are acquainted with my connexion with the Philosophical Magazine I have the honour of inclosing a document which will serve to show that I am not altogether unqualified to give an opinion upon the subject of your communication.

On the part of the Editors I conclude by tendering you their thanks for the paper, and I have the honour to subscribe myself

Sir Very respectfully yours
E. W. Brayley

H. F. Talbot, Esqe
&c &c &c.


1. Richard Taylor (1781–1858), publisher & naturalist.

2. Philosophical Magazine.

3. WHFT, ‘Experiments on Light’, Philosophical Magazine, s. 3, v. 5, no. 29, November 1834, pp. 321–334.

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