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Document number: 5864
Date: 22 May 1863
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: NEILL & Co
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 5th August 2010

established 1749.
Old Fishmarket, High Street,

May 22, 1863.


We have your note regarding woodcuts for your paper <1>& have to state that they are all cut & are being inserted in the types The paper is all set & we expect to be able to send a proof in the beginning of the week – We meantime inclose <2> the Engravers proofs & the Diagrams. – Your other paper was also sent to the Engravers & the Cuts made for it before we were informed that the paper was not to be inserted

We are your obt. servts
Neill & Co

H.F. Talbot Esq


H.F. Talbot Esq
Milburn Tower<3>
Near Edinburgh


1. ‘On Fagnani’s Theorem’, read 20 April 1863, Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, vol. 23, part 2, 1862–1863, pp. 285–298.

2. 10 numbered mathematical drawings enclosed

3. Millburn Tower, Gogar, just west of Edinburgh; the Talbot family made it their northern home from June 1861 to November 1863. It is particularly important because WHFT conducted many of his photoglyphic engraving experiments there. The house had a rich history. Built for Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), an 1805 design by Benjamin Latrobe for a round building was contemplated but in 1806 a small house was built to the design of William Atkinson (1773-1839), best known for Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford. The distinctive Gothic exterior was raised in 1815 and an additional extension built in 1821. Liston had been ambassador to the United States and maintained a warm Anglo-American relationship in the years 1796-1800. His wife, the botanist Henrietta Liston, née Marchant (1751-1828) designed a lavish American garden, sadly largely gone by the time the Talbots rented the house .