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Document number: 7931
Date: 05 Aug 1859
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BALFOUR John Hutton
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: Acc no 21030 (envelope only)
Last updated: 24th June 2015

R. Botanic Garden
5 August 1859

Dear Sir

I sent to you lately some dried specimens of Ferns. <1> I hope that they reached you safely.

I shall be glad to hear the result of your photoglyph of the Dracæna Draco<2> & Assafœtida. <3> I am aware I have the plates for the Transactions <4> of the Botanical Society which are now in the Printers hands – The plates will be a most valuable & interesting addition to the Transactions. I trust that you received the Prof Smyth’s <5> additional photograph <6> which was proposed to be substituted for that already sent. As the Transactions of the Society should be fully printed by October, I shall esteem a favour if you can let me know about the plates soon.

With many thanks for your kindness I am Yours respectfully
J. H. Balfour

Mr Henry Fox Talbot
near Chippenham

Rothey Bank


1. See Doc. No: 07930. The two letters seem to have crossed in the post.

2. Photoglyphic Engraving. One was published as 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 and Doc. No: 07930.

4. See Doc. No: 07828.

5. Prof Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819–1900), photographer & Astronomer Royal for Scotland.

6. See Doc. No: 07915.

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