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Document number: 8087
Date: 25 Apr 1860
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BREWSTER David
Collection: National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Collection number: 1937-5401
Collection 2: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection (envelope)
Collection number 2 historic: Acc 21557 (envelope)
Last updated: 15th November 2012

Dear Mr Talbot,

I thank you very much for the Photoglyphic Engravings you have been so kind as to send me. It is a great step in Art, and I have no doubt that you will be able to apply it to Book illustration.

At the Installation of Lord Brougham <1> as Chancellor of our University we intend to create a few Doctors of Laws, selected from the most eminent men of Science. I was deputed to enquire if you could come to Edinr on that day to receive the Degree. <2> We have requested Sir B. Brodie, <3> Murchison <4> and Whewell <5> to do us this honour.

I have unfortunately missed Mrs Clark <6> when I called upon her. I called again today with the view of letting her know that you might possibly be in Edinr on the 18th May, but she was not at home. I shall, however, write to her this Evening.

At the public Graduation of Students today for the Degree of A.M <7>. Principal Forbes <8> delivered an excellent Address. He is in tolerable health, tho' an Invalid, as I fear he must always be.

I am, Ever Most Truly yrs
D Brewster

View Bank Trinity
April 25th 1860

[envelope, annotated by WHFT "Sir D Brewster":]
Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
Lacock Abbey


1. Henry Peter Brougham, Baron of Brougham & Voux (1778-1868), Lord Chancellor.

2. Talbot declined on this occasion, but was eventually persuaded to accept the degree in 1863. See Doc. No: 08676.

3. Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie the younger (1817-1880), chemist.

4. Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Baronet Murchison (1792-1871), geologist.

5. Rev William Whewell (1794-1866), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor and natural philosopher.

6. Matilda Caroline Gilchrist-Clark, 'Tilly', née Talbot (1839-1927), WHFT's 3rd daughter, who was in Edinburgh in April 1860 - see Doc. No: 08084.

7. Artium Magister, i.e. Master of Arts.

8. Prof James David Forbes (1809-1868), Scottish scientist, who had become Principal of the University of St Andrews in succession to Brewster. He appears to have suffered from tuberculosis.

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