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Document number: 8676
Date: 28 Mar 1863
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BREWSTER David
Collection: National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Collection number: 1937-5422
Last updated: 1st May 2012

Dear Mr Talbot,

I presume that the Secretary to the Senate <1> has informed you that you should be at the College on Wednesday <2> a little before 2 o'clock.

On this occasion you have nothing to say. The Dean of the Faculty of Law <3> is the only person who makes a speech, so that you have no ground of alarm.

I am, Ever Most Truly yrs
D Brewster

Portobello <4>
March 28th 1863

P.S. I would have offered to accompany you to the College, but I am obliged to be present at the presentation of the Freedom of the City to Lord Palmerston, <5> which may not be over till after 2 o'clock.


1. Of the University of Edinburgh, which intended to confer the prestigious honorary degree of Doctor of Laws upon Talbot.

2. 1 April 1863, brought forward from 21 April [see Doc. No: 08659] possibly to suit the Prime Minister.

3. James Muirhead (183189), Professor of Civil Law at the University of Edinburgh. His speech presenting Talbot for the honorary degree and outlining his contributions to knowledge was reported in the Edinburgh Evening Courant, no. 23801, 2 April 1863, p. 5.

4. On the Firth of Forth, about four miles northeast of the centre of Edinburgh. See also Doc. No: 08488.

5. Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (17841865), Prime Minister 18551858 and 18591865, was to be the principal honorary graduand at the degree ceremony.

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