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Document number: 1999
Date: 06 May 1830
Postmark: 6 May 1830
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: CODDINGTON Henry
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA30-30
Last updated: 4th January 2011

My dear Talbot

Many thanks for the loan of your microscope, <1> which, as you say, shows opaque objects most splendidly, when illuminated by the Sun light. It has not put me out of conceit with my little affair which exhibits transparently quite as well now, and which I do not despair of adapting successfully to opaque ones.

You would do me a great service by exciting Mr Cary <2> now and then, and giving him the benefit of your opinion on his work.

Yours very truly
H Coddington

Airy <3> showed the fixed lines in the spectrum most satisfactorily with your Prism, which I have now in safe keeping for you.

W.H.F. Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street


1. See Doc. No: 01991.

2. Probably of the family firm of instrument makers in London.

3. Sir George Biddell Airy (18011892), Astronomer Royal.

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