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Document number: 4447
Date: Sat 05 Mar 1842
Dating: 1842 only appropriate year by calendar for calotype
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: FEILDING Matilda
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 21st July 2010

17 Somerset Street
Saty 3rd March

My dear Henry

on the third page of this you will find the cause of my writing to you and I have to beg you if possible to send me the direction where to procure this Paper & the by return of Post as the young man who has by good luck fixed upon me to ask if I could tell him where the paper is to be got, leaves London for Berlin on Tuesdy next -

He is the Son of Chevr Bunsen <1> - the Prussian Min: here - whose wife happens to be a great friend of mine (an english [sic] Woman)<2> - I wish you had been in London & that I could have introduced this George B: to you; he is I am told by [illegible] & [Mothrs?] & Gd Moth to be sure that he is a wonderful creature for attainments of all sorts however I am vain or grateful and I believe you would be willing for my sake to forward his wishes if he was no wonder at all -

I sent my love & blessing to you & your's [sic] only yesty this [illegible] so will only add that I am as ever

yr affate Aunt
M Feilding

Dr Lepsius, <3> Professor at Berlin wishes to have 3 or 4 dozens of sheets of Mr W. H. Talbot's Patent Calotype paper, with directions for use.<4>


1. Georg Bunsen (1824-1896), a German politician who eventually retired to live in London, the son of Chevalier Christian Karl Josias Bunsen (1791-1860), German diplomat and scholar; Prussian Ambassador in London from 1841-1854; created Freiherr von Bunsen in 1857.

2. Frances Waddington (1791-1876), born in Bedfordshire but raised in Wales; watercolourist and author; the Bunsens married in Rome in 1817 and evenually had 13 children.

3. Dr Karl Richard Lepsius (1810-1884), German Egyptologist.

4. This added note written in another hand, presumably that of George Bunsen.

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