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Document number: 5794
Date: 30 Nov 1840
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LINDLEY John
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

Nov 30 1840

My Dear Sir

The cover of this will inform you that I have thought it advisable to organize a London Newspaper, <1> and I hope you will think so too. If you do perhaps you may be disposed to send me occasional contributions; not upon grave matters, unless your taste leads you that way, but upon trifles that as they amuse you may also amuse others.

For instance you I know have some good things to say about nomenclature, and could if you would, show up us of the naming trade. I wish you send me such criticisms and <illegible> they wd be useful & your name shall be Hermes <2> or anything as you like better.

In your hands such matters would be treated well, & might lead to an improvement in the barbaric language of systematical writers.

Of course I dont want to give you much trouble. But we all have our idle hours and one or two of yours now & then are all I dare to ask for

Vy truly yours

John Lindley


1. In 1841, Lindley, with Joseph Paxton and others, founded the Gardener’s Chronicle and became its principal editor.

2. See Hermes: or Classical and Antiquarian Researches, No. 1. (London: Longman, Orme, Green, Brown & Longman, 1838).

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