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Document number: 3345
Date: 28 Jul 1836
Dating: day indistinct
Postmark: 29 Jul 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: HAMILTON William Rowan
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA36-50
Last updated: 27th August 2012

Sir William Rowan Hamilton presents his compliments to Mr Talbot, and hopes to present his respects in person at Lacock Abbey after the Bristol Meeting, <1> during which he is to be a guest of Mr Pinney, <2> at Camp House, Clifton. He will however be obliged to return to Ireland almost immediately after the Meeting.

Observatory, Dublin,
July 28th 1836.

H. F Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey
near Bristol


1. WHFT invited a number of savants to stay at Lacock Abbey before the 1836 meeting of British Association for the Advancement of Science. Although W R Hamilton accepted the invitation to attend after the meeting, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish scientist & journalist, Prof Charles Babbage (1792-1871), mathematician & inventor, Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), scientist, Dr Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), scientific writer, Rev William Whewell (1794-1866), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor and natural philosopher and Sir William Snow Harris (1791-1867), scientist assembled at Lacock Abbey 16-17 August, leaving at various times for the meeting, which began 22 August.

2. Charles Pinney (1793-1867), politician.

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