Do you want me to send you the Iodized paper you ordered to Laycock as soon it [sic] is ready? I must take new negatives of the princess <1> for those I took when you were here will not do I have got two very good ones of the prince <2> out of at least a Doz negatives I am only waiting for a fine Day to finish the negatives When you com to London I should like you to call here as I have something very important to tell you a bout Mr Smeeton’s discovery of varnishing like Mansion’s <3> or better in my Opinion
your Obedient Servant
Reading Nobr 16/45
1. Probably Victoria Adelaide Mary, Princess Royal (1840–1902) or Alice Maud Mary (1843–1878), daughter of Queen Victoria, [See Doc. No: 05570 and Doc. No: 05682].
2. Probably Edward VII (1841–1910), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British dominions and Emperor of India from 1901, [See Doc. No: 05464, Doc. No: 05560].
3. Possibly John Smeeton, photographer, registered at 529 Kingsland Road, London, 1869–1871, see Michael Pritchard, A Directory of London Photographers 1841–1908 (Watford: ALLM Books, 1986), p. 85. Leon Mansion, a London miniature painter and artist. See L. Mansion, Letters upon the art of miniature painting (London: R. Ackermann, 1822). Mansion’s colouring of daguerreotypes was advertised in the Art Union, 1 July 1845, and the Athenaeum, 4 July 1846, p. 601. See Larry J. Schaaf, Sun Pictures Catalogue Five: The Reverend Calvert R. Jones (New York: Hans P. Kraus, Jr, 1987), p. 13. [Also see Doc. No: 05381; Doc. No: 05398; Doc. No: 05428 and Doc. No: 05444].