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Document number: 3740
Date: 08 Oct 1838
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: WORSLEY Thomas
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 8th March 2012

Downing Lodge
Octr 8 1838

Dear Talbot

Your room is ready, bed well aired &c &c nevertheless the Fly & Telegraph have both passed <1>so that if you do not appear by the 9 oClock relay, I shall fire this shot at you.

There seems no great probabilities of my being obliged to go to Town again just yet; & if I am, you shall have a blank V.C.’s order for picture books & you may study Weale<2> or Rosellini <3> ad libitum <4> – Such a resumption of private studies must I am afraid be your fate whether I go or stay, under existing circumstances – as for example tomorrow& the next day are distinguished by the following beautiful order of things

Tuesday Octr 9/ 10 oClock


11 – Licensing Lodging Houses at the Schools

1 – Ditto Public Houses An operation which will last to about 4 or 5 Wednesday Octr 10 Term begins

11 oClock congregation at Senate House Election of Univy officers

2. Congregation again to complete the Elections &c &c &c

with Sundry interludes of payment orders – things indescribably unutterable, abominable – corresponding generally to the word business (πολυπραγμοσυνη) that which frittereth away a mans time & animal spirits – I think it but fair to tell you the posture of things; & my counsel to your Permanent is this – If you are staying in Town but a short time, & it must be soon or not at all, do not defraud me of your promised visit, but let your portmanteau be lined with the Chartæ stoicorum quorundam <5> & adventure boldly – If you have more time at command, defer your visit for a week or ten days when things will have been set a going & gained some little inherent momentum. When at all events some of your Trinity friends will have returned at present I watch over our Athens almost alone; & like a sentinel at dawning feel it drowsier & chiller than even during the dead waste & middle of the long vacation And now having waited some time beyond six, I shall proceed to dine & [illegible deletion] expect the Evening Coaches

Yours Ever
Thos Worsley

Henry Fox Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street


1. The scheduled coaches from London to Cambridge.

2. Possibly John Weale, who published pictorial handbooks on London.

3. Ippolito Rosellini, Monumenti dell' Egitto e della Nubia (Florence, 1832-1840). Rosellini had accompanied Jean-François Champollion on his 1828 expedition to Egypt, and after Champollion's untimely death in 1832, went on to publish ten elaborate folio volumes. At some point, WHFT acquired a set (presumably not Worsleys's!) and annotated the plates with his own observations.

4. According to pleasure.

5. With the papers of certain stoics.

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