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Document number: 08381
Date: 22 Jan 1845
Recipient: MACKENZIE Robert Shelton
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection number: Dreer Collection
Last updated: 2nd April 2012

[This letter was listed in A Catalogue of Autographs Formed by Ferdinand Julius Dreer (Philadelphia: Printed for Private Distribution, 1893), v. II, p. 152. In 1890, Dreer (1812-1902) donated his collection of 150,000 manuscripts to the Historical Society of Philadelphia, where he had been a life member since 1852.]

London 31 Sackville Str
21 Jany. 45

Dear Sir

I beg to acknowlege the receipt of your letter of the 13th <1> but I am not prepared to make any answer at present.

If I had your friend's address, I would call upon him the next time I come to Oxford.

I wish to send you the second number of the Pencil of nature which will appear in a day or two - shall I send it in a parcel per railway?

Yours truly
H. F. Talbot

P.S. on second thought I believe it is simpler to enclose a note to the publishers to deliver a copy, which if you will give to one of the Oxford booksellers it will come down in their parcel at the end of the month.

Dr Mackenzie


1. This was about an artist wanting to obtain a license to use the calotype. Joseph Vickers Richardson (1803-1880) was a landscape painter and self-styled 'Professor' of Drawing and Painting, at 20, Magdalen St, opposite the Martyrs' Monument. There is no record that he was successful in securing a license. See Doc. No: 05155.