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Document number: 07930
Date: 04 Aug 1859
Dating: 1859?
Recipient: BALFOUR John Hutton
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Collection number: Balfour Corr v. XI T7
Last updated: 13th March 2012

Lacock Abbey
Aug. 4

Dr Sir

I have received the ferns, <1> for which I am much obliged. Independently of their utility as objects for the engraving process, <2> they will form a very valuable addition to my Herbarium

I have likewise received the photograph of the Dragontrees <3> at Teneriffe executed upon glass As I am leaving home for 2 or 3 weeks I shall not be able to make engravings of these until my return, when I will attempt them

I remain Yours very truly
H. F. Talbot

Profr Balfour

[on blank side of folded sheet in JHBs hand:]1859
A. [sic] F. Talbot


1. See Doc. No: 07915.

2. Photoglyphic engraving. WHFT was later to publish a "Photoglyphic Engraving of a Fern" in the Transactions of the Botanical Society (Edinburgh), v. 7, June 1863, pl. 14, p. 559.

3. See Doc. No: 07915. WHFT's photoglyphic engraving was based on a photograph by Charles Piazzi Smyth and published as "Young Dragon trees, near Orotava, Teneriffe," Transactions of the Botanical Society (Edinburgh), March 1859, pl. 6.