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Document number: 8602
Date: 16 Sep 1862
Postmark: International Exhibition 16 Sep 1862
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: HEEREN Friedrich
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 22187
Last updated: 20th October 2010

Sept. 16 1862.


I have received Your esteemed letter of the 13 inst., and at the same time the specimens of Your photographic Engravings in perfectly good condition. They are of great interest for me, and will essentially contribute to the perfection of my rapport.

With the most sincere thanks for Your kind communications,

I am Sir Your most truly and respectfully
Fr Heeren

To W. H. Fox Talbot Esq.
Millburn tower. Edinburgh.<1>

H. W.[sic] Fox Talbot
Millburn tower


1. Millburn Tower, Gogar, just west of Edinburgh; the Talbot family made it their northern home from June 1861 to November 1863. It is particularly important because WHFT conducted many of his photoglyphic engraving experiments there. The house had a rich history. Built for Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), an 1805 design by Benjamin Latrobe for a round building was contemplated but in 1806 a small house was built to the design of William Atkinson (1773-1839), best known for Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford. The distinctive Gothic exterior was raised in 1815 and an additional extension built in 1821. Liston had been ambassador to the United States and maintained a warm Anglo-American relationship in the years 1796-1800. His wife, the botanist Henrietta Liston, née Marchant (1751-1828) designed a lavish American garden, sadly largely gone by the time the Talbots rented the house .

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