Sir William Rowan Hamilton presents his compliments to Mr Talbot, and hopes to present his respects in person at Lacock Abbey after the Bristol Meeting, <1> during which he is to be a guest of Mr Pinney, <2> at Camp House, Clifton. He will however be obliged to return to Ireland almost immediately after the Meeting.
July 28th 1836.
H. F Talbot Esqr
1. WHFT invited a number of savants to stay at Lacock Abbey before the 1836 meeting of British Association for the Advancement of Science. Although W R Hamilton accepted the invitation to attend after the meeting, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish scientist & journalist, Prof Charles Babbage (1792-1871), mathematician & inventor, Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), scientist, Dr Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), scientific writer, Rev William Whewell (1794-1866), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor and natural philosopher and Sir William Snow Harris (1791-1867), scientist assembled at Lacock Abbey 16-17 August, leaving at various times for the meeting, which began 22 August.
2. Charles Pinney (1793-1867), politician.