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Document number: 5439
Date: 10 Nov 1845
Dating: 1845?
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA45-146
Last updated: 3rd June 2009

Nov. 10

I am glad to inform you that Mr Willats has submitted having been served with the notice he has been here to express his regret if he has infringed your Patent promises to discontinue thanks you for the courteous manner in wch he has been treated & requests to know upon what terms he can have a licence <1>

This is satisfactory & I wod suggest that you shod have a similar notice served on all othrs who have infringed your rights

I think you will make good terms with the Railway Co by refusing any consent to the alteration of the agreement as they are quite at your mercy as to the distance


1. Thomas Willats had formerly worked for the optician Edward Palmer of Newgate Street. In his new business, he offered a complete range of chemicals and equipment for the Calotype and other photographic processes. He also published a manual by John H Croucher, Plain directions for obtaining photographic pictures by the calotype, energiatype, and other processes on paper : including the chrysotype, cyanotype, chromotype, etc. etc. with all the latest improvements (London: T & R Willats, 1845). This enquiry was triggered by a protest from Lady Elisabeth: see Doc. No: 05069. Talbot sent an agent, who confirmed that Willats was infringing on the patent: see Doc. No: 05076.

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