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Document number: 8051
Date: 09 Mar 1860
Dating: corrected from 10th
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BANKS William
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 22nd March 2012

Engraving, Lithographic & General Printing Office
26 Waterloo Place,
Edinburgh
March 10 9th 1860

Sir/

Absence from home has prevented my replying to your obliging favor of the 3d inst with enclosures, & for which I have to thank you. If you could send me one of the plates by post, to test the making of 100 Copies, as this style of printing is quite new, & will require much more time & experience than ordinary engraving does, then, I shall be able definately [sic] to define a price per 1000. I should like very much indeed to do them, and would use every endeavour to please, by putting them into the hands of experienced workmen, and using the very best of materials, so as to give them every justice.

The most suitable paper for this style of work, will be Dickinsons finest plate paper they are first class makers in London, & all engravers or printers of fine work, prefer them to all others. I am in weekly practice of testing this in the printing of line Engravings.

I am Sir Yours most respectfully
William Banks.

The Plate of the Schools Oxford would be a good one to send I think you should put them upon larger steels, It would be easier for the Printer, & better for the work itself.

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