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
H. F. Talbot Esq. M.P.
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.