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Document number: 6821
Date: 04 Jun 1853
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MALONE Thomas Augustine
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA53-27
Last updated: 7th February 2015

44 Manchester St Manchester Sqre
June 4. 1853

To H F Talbot Esqe


Since I last had the honour of writing to you a piece of unexpected good fortune has presented itself It is proposed to create at the London Institn a new post. It is thought desirable to have a person resident who has would have a general knowledge of Chemistry Photography & the more ordinary popular applications of science. Lectures on Photography & on other subjects within the reach of the lecturer would be required. It is also desired that the person who may be chosen should be willing to make himself popular with the members by assisting them with practical information on any general point of science to the best of his ability.

Dr Bence Jones & Dr Hofmann encourage me to offer my services, Mr Smee Mr Gassiot & Mr Warren De la Rue <1> all of the Institution will exert themselves in my behalf, but as the appointment will rest with the managers to whom I am comparatively a stranger it is thought highly desirable that I should strengthen the hands of my friends by testimonial letters.

If you Sir from your knowledge of me feel that you can do th the service of writing me a few lines wishing me success & encouraging me to hope that I may accomplish what is desired I shall feel much indebted & endeavour to be grateful by trying to do justice to your good opinion

Dr Bence Jones & Dr Hofmann will also give me letters.

I am Sir Faithfully your obedt Sert
T A Malone.

I expect the subject may come before the managers in a few days.

Yours TAM.

I beg you will excuse me for intruding on so much on of your time.

H F Talbot Esqr
Lacock Abbey


1. Alfred Smee (18181877) modified the copper-zinc cell in 1839, substituting platinum for the copper; John Peter Gassiot (17971877), merchant & electro-chemist; Warren De La Rue (1815-1889), astronomer and printer [sometimes Delarue].

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