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Document number: 7802
Date: 09 Feb 1859
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: DICK Thomas
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 21st February 2012

No 13 St James Square
Feby 9 / 59 –


The Subscriber here-of who to business is an Engraver in the Picture department, and a dabbler in Photography, has read in the Photographic News your process of Photoglyphic Engraving, he would like to attempt the process, in fact is making arrangements to do so, and if it appearing after some trials that there was a propability [sic] of some reasonable success he would wish to follow an attempt to follow it out [sic], which is supposed can only be done by being licensed, the expence for which and propably [sic] a more detail’d description of the process then [sic] is found in the above periodical would be required, he therefore craves permission thus to address you on the subject for your consideration –

The writer entertaining the opinion that a good Artistic Engraver after acquiring the Chemical manipulations of the process, and with the aid of his Burin and other tools could clear up tone finish and give a degree of Completion to a Photoglyphic plate which could not be effected when coming from the hands of a non-artistic party, be this as it may, if you can permit me to entertain and follow out my views in any reasonable form I will wait upon you at any time suitable to your convenience (you intimating the same) for any further explanation found necessary or I am to be found as per enclosed address –

I may here add that on talking with Mr Kemp Chemist Infirmary Street relative to your process I had from him your address and consent or suggestion to consult or apply to you

I am Sir respectfully Your Obdt Servt
Thomas Dick

H F. Talbot Esq
Randolph Crescent