My dear Talbot
We have a Museum at Derby <1> which has lately been united with the Philosophical Society <2> of the same place, & the two are about to be established in a new & improved locale. The Committee of the united Societys [sic] intend to have a Soirée to celebrate the opening of the new abode, [and?]<3> are anxious to get together a few celebrities to give
ela éclat to the event. I wonder if you could be induced to come & read a Paper detailing your latest discoveries in Photography. I can only say your presence would be highly appreciated both by myself & the committee. The time talked of, is the 2d week in Janry.
Ever yours truly
1. The Derby Town and County Museum and Natural History Society was founded in 1836.
2. The Derby Philosophical Society was founded in 1783 by Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin.
3. word apparently omitted