Red Lion Inn, Lacock April 25th 1849
H.F. Talbot Esq.
Considering that it would be a great pity, if your beautifull invention should not be exercised at all in the United States, I have concluded to make an other offer for Your Patent right. We will pay One thousand Pounds Sterling for it. Two hundred immediately, two hundred in six months, two hundred in twelve months, two hundred in eighteen months, and two hundred in twenty four months from date.
In order to show our standing in Philadelphia I enclose the certificate of the British Consul there. <1>
I could even offer shorter terms of payment if You should absolutely require it; but this would involve us in great loss as the capital we possess is so invested that we could not convert it at the present moment into cash, without losing considerably.
Should You be inclined to accede to this proposition or with to see me on the subject, please designate the time at which I can have the honour of an other interview.
Mr. Christopher Kreeft <2> lives No 9 Billiter Square London
I remain, Sir Your humble servant
1. Not located.
2. John Christopher Tobias Kreeft, Christopher Kreeft (1787-1850), merchant & Mecklenburg Consulate General, London.