Novr 11th 1876.
My dear Sir,
I beg to thank you very cordially for your kind Subscription to our Apparatus Fund, and for the interesting letter which accompanies it. We should indeed be much to blame if, in these stirring times, we had not striven to give boys a wider access to knowledge than was perhaps possible fifty years ago.
Our Chemical Laboratory, highly approved I may say by Professor Tyndall, <1> was opened for practical work this Term, and already we find some of the abler boys taking to it very kindly.
May I be allowed to add what great pleasure it would give me to show you our recent Harrow buildings at any time of the year most convenient to yourself? The new Speechroom, which will have cost upwards of £20,000, will be opened on our next Speechday, that is early in July of next year.
I am, my dear Sir,
very faithfully yours
H. Montagu Butler
W. H. Fox Talbot, Esq.
&c. &c. &c.
1. John Tyndall (1820–1893), natural philosopher, succeeded Professor Michael Faraday (1791–1867), scientist as scientific adviser to Trinity House and Board of Trade, 1866.