Faraday to Augusta Ada Lovelace1   Between 1844 and 1852

Royal Institution | Friday Evg

My dear Lady Lovelace

You drive me to desperation by your invitations. I dare not and must not come and yet find it almost impossible to refuse such a wish as yours. I know not how to answer you:- and do not think that my temptation is the Sontag 2 for I can assure you it is for your kindness that I feel I make but a bad return and it is you who would draw me if any thing might. Forgive me & believe me most gratefully

Yours – M. Faraday

Augusta Ada King, Countess Lovelace, née Byron (1815–1852, ODNB). Friend of Charles Babbage whom she helped with his calculating machines.
Henriette Sontag (1806–1854, GDMM). German soprano.

Please cite as “Faraday4688u,” in Ɛpsilon: The Michael Faraday Collection accessed on 30 July 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/faraday/letters/Faraday4688u