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Document number: 6615
Date: 19 May 1852
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LLEWELYN John Dillwyn
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 21182
Collection number historic: LA52-27
Last updated: 1st August 2010

My dear Mr. Talbot

I feel somewhat diffident in sending Talbotypes <1> to their fountain head- however I do not forward the enclosed to you so much as specimens of photography, as being views of places that I think you may like to have such for example are Melbury Margam & Lanelay. <2>-

I have been practicing sun painting for some years and as a matter of chemical amusement have followed all the different processes on paper silver & glass. <3>- and it is rather remarkable that the method I now follow when I wish for good views, is identically the same with your old original receipts.

After all the many proposed modifications I believe that they continue to be the best.

and I remain Yours very truly
J.D. Llewelyn

May 19. 1852.

H. Fox Talbot Esqr.
Laycock Abbey


1. Many of the inventor's friends felt that he should be honoured by the name of the process, but WHFT modestly stayed with Calotype.

2. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there, Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot, and Llanely, or Lanely, Glamorganshire: home of Lady Mary Cole and Mary Thereza Talbot.

3. This would have been WHFT's Calotype negative process on paper, the Daguerreotype on a silvered copper plate, and albumen on glass (1848) or Frederick Scott Archer's Wet Collodion on glass (1851) negative process.

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