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Document number: 1991
Date: 27 Apr 1830
Postmark: 27 Apr 1830
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: CODDINGTON Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA30-25
Last updated: 4th January 2011

Trin. Coll. <1>
Apr 27th

Dear Talbot

You will do me a most essential service by lending me your reflecting microscope. My little instrument is so much improved since you saw it that I want some very good one to compare it with.

Airy <2> gave us a lecture on optics this morning, and explained the theory of oblique reflexion in the most superb manner.

If I have patience I mean to make a study of Butterfly’s & Moth’s feathers, a subject hitherto untouched as far as I know.

Yours very truly
H Coddington

W. H. F. Talbot Esqre
Sackville Street


1. Trinity College, Cambridge.

2. Sir George Biddell Airy (1801–1892), Astronomer Royal.

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