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Document number: 5247
Date: 07 May 1845
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MALCOLM James Drysdale
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 30th July 2012

Western Literary & Scientific Instn
47 Leicester Squre <1>

7th May 1845


The Committee of Management direct me to return you their best thanks for your kindness in forwarding several beautiful Specimens of Talbotype &c to our Conversazione on Thursday Evening last, which contributed greatly to the interest of the Evening

I remain Sir Yours very resply
Jas D. Malcolm

Mr Talbot


1. The Institution had been formed in 1825 “for the purpose of diffusing useful and entertaining knowledge among persons engaged in commercial and professional pursuits.” It sponsored lectures for subscription members and paying guests “by distinguished professors of art, science, and literature.” Cruchley’s Picture of London, 18th ed. (London: G. F. Cruchley, 1854), p. 215. In 1849, Thomas Augustine Malone gave a lecture there “On the Chymical Action of Light on Paper, Illustrated by Experiments.” WHFT's letter in response to this was published in their journal, The Index - see Doc. No: 08434.