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Document number: 3378
Date: 12 Oct 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TAYLOR Richard (1)
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA36-64
Last updated: 26th January 2013

Red Lion Court, Fleet St
Oct. 12. 1836


I am very much concerned, & mortified at the mistake respecting your Paper <1> on Crystals; as also is my Assistant Mr Gyde. He has been over to Richmond to explain to Mr Children <2> that it was entirely through an oversight of his, at which he is the more distressed, as both your Letter (which he has shown to Mr Children) and his answer to it during my absence at Bristol, clearly show that there could have been no ambiguity in the instructions.

We can only throw ourselves upon your indulgence and that of the Council, perfectly aware that the possibility of such a mistake ought to be carefully guarded against.

I know not what can best be done to obviate in any degree the disagreeable consequences of the error. Perhaps if the Council should think proper not to notice, it might in a considerable degree escape attention till the Part is published. – I suppose I feel much uneasiness about it, standing as I do in the situation of Printer to the Society.

I am much occupied just now in getting ready the 2nd Part of Scientific Memoirs <3> for the 1st of Novr – as soon as I have that Part off my hands, I will look to Fresnel, <4> which I am much indebted to you for suggesting.

I am Sir Yours most respectfully
Richard Taylor

H. F. Talbot Esqre
Lacock Abbey,


1. WHFT, “On the Optical Phenomena of certain Crystals”, The Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society, London: 1837, part 1, pp. 25–27, 29–35.

2. John George Children (1777–1852), librarian & scientist. [See Doc. No: 03377].

3. Scientific memoirs, selected from the transactions of foreign academies of science and learned societies (London: R. and J. E. Taylor, 1837–1852).

4. Augustine Jean Fresnel (1788–1827), French physicist.

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