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Mr Beaumont presents his compliments to Mr. Babbage and is extremely sorry that he is unexpectedly prevented the pleasure of waiting upon him this evening. Mr. Beaumont entirely agrees though reluctantly with the opinion of Mr. Babbage that any Periodical for the advancement of <truth> without reference to any Party would have little favour from the Public. He is most anxious that the cause of Poland should be undertaken in some literary work, but he regrets that he can see no fair prospect of it. Such appointments as that of Ld. Londonderry will do much to bring the public mind upon the subject, & may perhaps supersede the more tedious process of writing up the heroism and sufferings of the Poles. Mr. B. has only again to express his regret that he cannot meet his friend Mr. <Young> at Mr. Babbages this evening – 10. Grosvenor Place Saturday
British Library Add MS 37189 f231 Undated note. Lord Londonderry was appointed ambassador to Russia by Peel in his short-lived administration early in 1835 but under pressure in Parliament on 13th March resigned the appointment just three days later. This letter can therefore be dated with some confidence to early that year. 7th March (a Saturday) is used here.