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Document number: 9033
Date: 28 Oct 1865
Postmark: Edinburgh 30 Oct 1865
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BALFOUR John Hutton
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: Acc 21429 (envelope only)
Last updated: 16th February 2013

My Dear Sir

Many thanks for the specimen of Tricyrtis. The plant is now in flower here. I enclose a specimen fr the garden. It belongs to the natural order Melanthaceć the Colchicum[?] family.

The election of the Professor of Music is to take place on 1st November. There is a rumour that Hullah <1> is the chosen. This has caused some stir among the musical folks here. Sir David Brewster <2> seems to be sadly annoyed at the prospect of Hullah getting the office. Professor Dunnett is also opposed to him. Your friend <3> seems to occupy a high place in the opinion of those who profess to know the theory of Music.

I am Yours truly
J. H. Balfour

28 Oct. 1865

[envelope - imprinted on rear flap: Royal Society of Edinburgh ]
H Fox Talbot Eq
Lacock Abbey


1. John Pyke Hullah (1812–1884), composer and teacher of music.

2. Sir David Brewster (1781–1868), Scottish scientist & journalist.

3. WHFT’s recommendation as Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh was Herbert Oakeley - see Doc. No: 04811.

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