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Document number: 7095
Date: 14 Dec 1854
Recipient: BRANDE William Thomas
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Getty / J Paul Getty Museum Dept Photographs Los Angeles
Collection number: Talbot Ephemera Box
Last updated: 27th March 2012

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Athm Club 14 Dec

Dr Sir

As it is not improbable that my witnesses may be detained some hours at the Guildhall on Monday, I beg to mention that I have engaged a room for their accommodation at the Guildhall Coffeehouse corner of Gresham St and King St close to the Guildhall –

We have received notice that my opponents intend to rely among other things, on a certain experiment related by Mr Hunt in the Trantns of the Royal Society for 1840.<1> His paper there printed is nothing to the purpose, as my invention does not relate to the developing of images by mercurial vapour. But in a postscript quite at the end of the paper he alleges that he once made a photographic image very faintly visible on paper by immersion in a liquid. If You have the opportunity I wish you would refer to the passage –

[illegible deletion] The paper he uses is blackened with sulpherd hydrogen, it is therefore a sulpheret of silver. His liquid is Corrosve Sublimate and I find by expt that this liquid acts on every part of [illegible deletion] a paper coated with Sulpheret of Silver, whitening it (whether Light has acted or not) – He mentions no particulars of his expt, & [illegible deletion] the strength of his solution is not indicated. – Altho’ sulphuret of silver may be prepared in slightly different ways, I am of opinion that it would always be rapidly whitened by strong corrosive sublimate and that the circumstance of its having been first held in the vapour of iodine would in no degree interfere with this action of the sublimate. Supposing this to be correct, Mr Hunt uses a [illegible deletion] liquid which acts on every part of his paper, which is quite unlike [illegible deletion] my plan of developing an image by gallonitrate which acts only on the parts where the light has previously acted –

Yours very truly
H. F. Talbot

Mr Brande


1. This is the only paper that Hunt presented to the Royal Society - it was transmitted by Sir John Herschel and read on 18 June 1840. Hunt, "On the Influence of Iodine in Rendering Several Argentine Compounds, Spread on Paper, Sensitive to Light," Philosophical Transactions, v. 130, 1840, pp. 325-334.

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