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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

Penllergare
May 19. 1852.

[envelope:]
H. Fox Talbot Esqr.
Laycock Abbey
Chippenham


Notes:

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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