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Document number: 3394
Date: 14 Nov 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: CHILDREN John George
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA36-72
Last updated: 6th December 2012

British Museum
14th Novr 1836

My dear Sir,

I have observed a most beautiful instance of circular polarisation in a salt discovered by my friend Dr Dowler, <1> & not yet I believe made known to the world – He obtains it from urinary Calculi and calls it Xanthate of Ammonia – It seems to me peculiarly illustrative of your views, as the crystalline structure of the salt is very distinct, in masses nearly as large as a [illegible deletion] Pea, and presents the appearance of hemispheres, composed of spiculæ radiating from a common centre – I think You should examine this salt before the second part of your paper is read –

Ever my dear Sir, faithfully your’s
John Geo. Children

H F. Talbot Esq
&c &c &c


1. Dr Thomas Dowler (d. 1855) of Richmond; MD, etymologist and chemical experimenter (also see Doc. No: 06062.

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