[This draft cover letter heads WHFT's draft of his 20 February 1839 letter to Samuel Hunter Christie,<1> "An Account of the Processes employed in Photogenic Drawing," which was read before The Royal Society on 21 February 1839. Its text was published in the Literary Gazette, no. 1153, 23 February 1839, pp. 123-124. A précis was also published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, v. 4 no. 37, 21 February 1839, pp. 124-126. See Doc. No: 03814. The copy WHFT sent to Christie is preserved in the Archive of The Royal Society.]
I beg to reqst tht you will read to the R. S. tom evening the follg note in wch I have briefly but completely explnd the principles of my Phc drawg in compliance w. yr reqst & ttof m.othr fds.
Bg v. sht it w nt mat. interf. wth any oth bus. of ye evg. I have put it put it into the fm of a let. to yslf
both as bg ye most convent. [illegible deletion] for so sht a paper commn & of wch this I trust y. wll appve.
to S.H.C. Esq Sec of ye RS
I beg to request that you will read to the Royal Society tomorrow evening the following note in which I have briefly but completely explained the principles of my Photogenic Drawing in compliance with your request and that of many other friends.
Being very short it will not materially interfere with any other business of the evening. I have put it put it into the form of a letter to yourself
both as being the most convenient [illegible deletion] for so short a paper communication and of which this I trust you will approve.
to Samuel Hunter Christie Esq Secretary of the Royal Society
1. Samuel Hunter Christie (1784-1865), mathematician & Secretary of the Royal Society.