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Document number: 3199
Date: 05 Jan 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LUBBOCK John William
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA36-3
Last updated: 26th January 2013

Jan 5/1836

Dear Sir,

I will with pleasure read over your work <1> if you will send it to me, but I shall not have time to study it so carefully as I should wish.

As regards the question before the Royal Society <2> I hope you will refer to the discoveries of Abel & Jacobi <3> with respect to definite integrals if those investigations lead to similar results.

I am, dear Sir, Yours faithfully
J W Lubbock

The printing of your paper <4> has not been decided upon yet, I have got the question postponed from time to time in case you should choose to withdraw it, pray let me know whether such is your desire.

H. F Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey


1. WHFT, ‘Researches in the Integral Calculus, Part One’ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, v. 126 part 1, 1836, pp. 177–215.

2. Royal Society of London.

3. Niels Henrik Abel (1802–1829), mathematician, and Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi (1804–1851).

4. WHFT’s paper ‘On the rectification of parabolic curves’ first appears in the minutes of the Royal Society Committee of Papers 3 July 1834, where it was referred. The paper is listed as ‘postponed’ in the minutes of every meeting from that date until 7 January 1836. The minutes indicate the paper was withdrawn on 28 January 1836.

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