D. Sir –
In addition to Mr Claudets <1> opposition, your Patent <2> is opposed <illegible deletion> by Messrs Johnson & Wolcot. <3> We think these gentlemen would withdraw upon you’re depositing with Mr Attorney General the particulars of your Invention. Should you prefer going to a hearing, we will delay taking out a Summons till your return from Paris –
We are Your Srts
Poole & Carpmael
W. H. T. Talbot Esq
1. Antoine Françoise Jean Claudet (1797–1867), London; French-born scientist, merchant & photographer, resident in London.
2. WHFT took out a patent entitled ‘Photography’, U.K. number 9,753, 1 June 1843.
3. John Johnson and Alexander Simon Wolcott, U.K. patent number 9672, 18 March 1843, ‘Photography and its application to the arts’.