Temple Row West
2 July /44
H F. Talbot Esqre
Accompanying this you will receive a copy of the second edition of my work on Electro-metallurgy <1> (published yesterday) which you will oblige me by accepting in acknowledgement of the kindness I recd from you in Feby last in the present of photographic specimens. <2>
I am Sir Your obliged Servt
1. George Shaw, A Manual of Electro-Metallurgy, 2nd edition (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1844).
2. Unfortunately, this happy relationship between the two men fell apart two years later when Benjamin Cowderoy (1812–1904), land agent in Reading; business manager for WHFT; later a politician in Australia, who was managing Henneman’s calotype works at Reading at that time, demanded that Shaw take out a license and additionally buy his iodized paper from them [Nicolaas Henneman (1813–1898), Dutch, active in England; WHFT’s valet, then assistant; photographer]. Shaw angrily replied on 14 December 1846 that ‘since I can obtain much better paper than yours’ he was induced ‘rather to give up the process than be compelled to make inferior specimens’. [See LA46-139 (Acc. 23766), Fox Talbot Collection, the British Library].