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Document number: 5411
Date:
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: GAY Jacques Etienne
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

M. Gay est venu pour vous avoir l’honneur de voir Monsieur Talbot & pour le remercier du paquet qu’il a bien voulu lui envoyer hier.

Monsieur Talbot a la bonté de lui offrir quelques unes des belles plantes qu’il vient de recueillir dans le midi de la France. Il lui est impossible de se refuser une offre aussi obligeante. Il attendra donc que Monsieur Talbot veuille bien lui fixer un rendez-vous pour cet objet. Il s’y rendra avec empressement, desirant vivement faire la connoissance d’un naturaliste aussi zélé & aussi instruit.

M. Gay,

au palais du Luxembourg <1>


Translation:

Mr Gay came to have the honour of seeing Mr Talbot & to thank him for the package that he was so kind as to send him yesterday.

Mr Talbot is generously offering him one of the fine plants that he has recently gathered in the South of France. He could not refuse such a kind offer. He will wait, therefore, until Mr Talbot would care to make a rendezvous with him for this purpose. He will go to meet him eagerly, desiring fervently to become acquainted with such an enthusiastic and learned naturalist.

Mr Gay,

at the Luxembourg Palace


Notes:

1. Luxembourg Palace, built in Paris for Marie de Medicis in the years 1615–1627, it now houses the French Senate.

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