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Document number: 3352
Date: 11 Aug 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: WHEATSTONE Charles
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA36-55
Last updated: 27th August 2012

August 11th 1836
London, 20 Conduit St

My dear Sir

I find that my friend Mr Babbage <1> is to be one of your guests, and as he proposes to leave town on the morning of Tuesday the 16th I have made up my mind to accompany him. You may therefore expect us on the evening of that day.

I remain My dear Sir Yours very truly
C. Wheatstone

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


1. 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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