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Document number: 248
Date: 07 May 1862
Recipient: OPPERT Julius
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 4th June 2013

[draft - fragment] <1>

Millburn tower <2>
Edinburgh
May 7. 1862

Dear Sir

The great difficulty attending the N. Rustam insn is the badly preserved state of the original text. In line 9 Cuneiform sign  FTCuneiform0248.jpg may be read salda if you please, but Cuneiform sign  FTCuneiform0248a.jpg cannot possibly be read pus.


Notes:

1. This is written in response to Doc. No: 06203.

2. Millburn Tower, Gogar, just west of Edinburgh; the Talbot family made it their northern home from June 1861 to November 1863. It is particularly important because WHFT conducted many of his photoglyphic engraving experiments there. The house had a rich history. Built for Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), an 1805 design by Benjamin Latrobe for a round building was contemplated but in 1806 a small house was built to the design of William Atkinson (1773-1839), best known for Sir Walter Scotts Abbotsford. The distinctive Gothic exterior was raised in 1815 and an additional extension built in 1821. Liston had been ambassador to the United States and maintained a warm Anglo-American relationship in the years 1796-1800. His wife, the botanist Henrietta Liston, ne Marchant (1751-1828) designed a lavish American garden, sadly largely gone by the time the Talbots rented the house .

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