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Document number: 841
Date: 22 Jul 1876
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BOSCAWEN William Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Marchwiel Rectory Wrexham

July 22. 1876

Dear Sir,

I take the liberty of writing to you respecting my son <1> who is a Senior Assistant in the British Museum, and with whom you are, I believe, acquainted. –

His probationary year is completed on the 9th August & there is some little difficutly about the confirmation of his appointment as he has not been sufficiently careful about his diaries &c. – and one or two routine matters. If his appointment is not confirmed, he will have to leave his post. – which will not only be very bad for him, but will also deprive him of the opportunities he has there for study &c – of Assyrian – As you have had some opportunity of judging of his abilities in that study, would you do him the kindness to write to Dr Birch, <2> (who is most anxious to retain him if it can be done) a letter stating what you think of him and his prospects of advancing the study of Assyrian & the kindred languages. –

Your opinion would have great weight, and would be esteemed a great favour by,

Dear Sir
Yours faithfully

W H Boscawen

W. H. Fox Talbot Esqre


1. William St Chad Boscawen (1854–1913), Assyriologist & author.

2. Dr Samuel Birch (1813–1885), linguist, Keeper at the British Museum, London.