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Document number: 3338
Date: 16 Jul 1836
Recipient: TALBOT, Constance née Mundy
Author: WHEATSTONE Charles
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA36-47
Last updated: 22nd January 2012

London July 16th 1836
20 Conduit St

Mr Wheatstone returns his thanks to Mr and Mrs Talbot <1> for their kind invitation, and will do himself the pleasure of accepting it. <2> As Mr W. has made an engagement to visit the mines of Cornwall immediately after the meeting at Bristol, it will be more convenient to avail himself of the opportunity of visiting Lacock Abbey during the previous week.

H. F. Talbot Esqr M.P.
Lacock Abbey


1. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811-1880), WHFT's wife.

2. WHFT invited a number of savants to stay at Lacock Abbey before the 1836 meeting of British Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to Charles Wheatstone, Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Scottish scientist & journalist, Prof Charles Babbage (1792-1871), mathematician & inventor, Dr Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), scientific writer, Rev William Whewell (1794-1866), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor and natural philosopher and Sir William Snow Harris (1791-1867), scientist, assembled at Lacock Abbey 16-17 August, leaving at various times for the meeting, which began 22 August.

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