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Document number: 777
Date: 27 Aug 1817
Postmark: 28 Aug 1817
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TREVELYAN Walter Calverley
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 24th January 2013

August 27th

My dear Talbot

I have lately found some fine specimens of what Sowerby <1> in the Plate 274. Vol. 3. of the English fungi has figured as Iphæria Spiculifera. – Charles Perceval’s <2> brother I am glad to hear is better; they think of departing for the Canaries in a few weeks. – Our astronomical Professor does lecture, but I have not yet had time to attend his lectures. – I continue to take in Thomson’s annals; <3> from the 56 No of which I extract the following notice: viz: “ that the disappearance of Saturns ring will take place in the year 1819, a corespondent [sic] calculated that the plane of the ring will pass through the Sun’s centre on March 11th and through the earths centre on the following day (March 12). The two epochs are so very near that there can be no intermediate reappearance of the ring, and their nearness is occasioned by the planets being at the time in conjunction with the Sun, which will render all attempts at observation perfectly useless.”. – In the same number it is mentioned that “the fusion of Charcoal, has been obtained in consequence of trials instituted for the purpose in London.” But does not mention any thing of the experiments, or of the appearance of it when fused, which I wish much to know. – The following are the names of some of yr plants which have made their appearance, and are looking healthy. – Protea speciosa nigra. – Rhus lævigatum. – Othonna pectinata. Mesembryanthemum pomeridianum. –

– edule. – Roella ciliata. –
– aurantium. – Aristea major. –
Podalyria styraxifolia. – Psoralia pinnata.
– Capensis. – Senecio octogona

Cacalia. – Chironia linoides. –

Colyledon orbiculata. – Keggelaria Africa

Crapula coccinea. – Phlomis leonurus. –

Cupressus. – Royena. – Selago spuria. –

Butterfly plant. – Is Hookers Muscology <4> yet published? –

I remain Yrs sincerely
W. C. Trevelyan

W. H. F. Talbot Esqre


1. Possibly James Sowerby (1757–1822), artist and scientific illustrator.

2. See Doc. No: 00599.

3. Thomas Thomson’s Annals of Philosophy, first published in 1814. [See Doc. No: 00755].

4. Thomas Taylor (d. 1848), MD, and Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), Prof & botanist, Muscologia Britannica: containing the mosses of Great Britain and Ireland… (London: Longman, Hurst etc, 1818). [See Doc. No: 00723].

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