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Document number: 1779
Date: Mon 05 Jan 1829
Dating: correct by calendar
Harold White: 5 Jan 1829
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: FITZMAURICE Henry Petty
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA29-16
Collection 2: National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Last updated: 25th April 2011

[The letter is in the BL and its envelope in the NMeM.]

Bowood <1>

Dear Talbot

The glass <2> had not been sent owing to the neglect of Mr Miller the of Regent Street whom I had ordered to pack it but I am assured it is by this time on the road

That you may know what you ought to find in the box I inclose [sic] a memorandum of its contents.

Yours ever

[enclosed memorandum:]
Sent to Mr Talbot.
2 Circles with Arms
2 do ------ Crucifixons
1 do St John the Baptist
1 do St Christopher
1 do emblematical Figure
10 ovals with Arms
35 small circles with Heads of Figures.

Calne January fifth 1829
H. Talbot Esq
Laycock Abbey


1. Bowood House, nr Calne, Wiltshire, 5 mi NE of Lacock: seat of the Marquess of Lansdowne.

2. This was glass that Fitzmaurice had collected from "an old church at Beauvais," intending to use it in his own chapel. There was not enough for his purposes and he felt it would be more at home at Lacock. WHFT had visited Beauvais in 1816 and had admired the glass there - see Doc. No: 00683. It is likely that one of these pieces was employed in subsequent years by WHFT to make photogenic drawings - see Doc. No: 01761. He later gave some to his old tutor, Dr George Butler, and it still survives in Butler's church of St Mary the Virgin in Gayton, Northamptonshire. See see Doc. No: 01951 and Doc. No: 01959.

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