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Document number: 6401
Date: 27 Feb 1838
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LUBBOCK John William
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

29 Eaton Place. <1>

27 Feb. 1835

My dear Sir,

I merely write this to say that even when the roots of the equation you refer to <2> are imaginary, the solution to the problem is not illusory. There is an example of this kind in Legendre’s 3rd Supplement. <3>

Yours very truly

J. W. Lubbock

London February twenty eight 1835 Howard Elphinstone <4>
H. F. Talbot Esq
Lacock Abbey
<verso of address panel in another hand>
H. F. Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey


1. London.

2. This was an equation from Abel’s theorem. See Doc. No: 03058.

3. Adrien Marie Legendre (1752–1833), Traité des fonctions elliptiques et des intégrals eulériennes avec des tables pour en faciliter le calcul numérique (Paris: Huzard Courcier, 1825–1828).

4. Sir Howard Elphinstone, 2nd Baronet (1804–1893) barrister and politician.

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