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Document number: 3683
Date: Sat 02 Jun 1838
Dating: responding to letter 28 May 1838, Doc no 03681
Watermark: 1825
Recipient: BABBAGE Charles
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London - Dept of Manuscripts
Collection number: Add MS 37191 f91
Last updated: 24th March 2012

31 Sackville St <1>

Dear Babbage

Being in Town on Business for a few days, I called on you this morning, but was not fortunate enough to find you at home. If not too late I should be very glad that you should propose me as a steward, but if it is too late then be so good as to send me a voucher that I may procure a ticket. I shd wish my name to be put down for a subscrn of £1 to the vase.

I see in yesterday’s paper excellent improvements announced in the Cambridge Mathematical Examination. Are you one of the Syndicate who proposed them? Some of them are so exactly what I should have desired to propose, that I think I must have unconsciously published a pamphlet on the subject which met with general assent.

I should like very much to see Baxter’s processes of colour printing, or the Pictorial Album of 1837. <2>

Hullmandel <3> has certainly several faults – one is, that he is slower than any snail, and always the same excuse for it, viz. important works that he has in hand, which absorb the “whole strength of the establishment.”

Yours vy truly
H. F. Talbot


1. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT.

2. George Baxter (1804–1867), inventor of a method of colour separation printing, illustrated the The Pictorial Album or Cabinet of Paintings, (London: Chapman & Hall, 1837), using as many as 20 different woodblocks for one image.

3. Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789–1850), lithographer and engraver, was printing the coloured plates for WHFT’s paper, ‘On Analytic Crystals’, Philosophical Magazine, s. 3 v. 14 no. 85, January 1839, pp.19 –12, 3 illustrations.

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