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Document number: 5841
Date: 20 Dec 1843
Recipient: FREEMAN James
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 16th October 2011


Freeman, Bath
Dec 20 / 43

to fix a minm but not ye 1st year –

deposit 50 £, (allowed for)

Nicol to have 10 £ – at Reading –

5 or 6 days –

for Portraits only.

not sell negatives, nor i paper –

to check ye no taken.

[expanded version:]

Freeman, <1>
December 20, 1843

to fix a minimum but not the first year –

deposit fifty pounds, (allowed for)

Nicol <2> to have ten pounds –

at Reading – five or six days –

for Portraits only.

not [to] sell negatives, nor iodized paper –

to check the number taken.


1. On 17 December 1843 James Freeman of Brock St., Bath, wrote to West Awdry (1807–1892), solicitor, Chippenham, requesting a license for Somerset. Lacock Abbey Collection, Wilts Record Office. Freeman (1814-1870), Daguerreotypist for Richard Beard in Bath; possible calotypist in Bath and later claimed to have worked for WHFT; from 1853, partner in Freeman Studios in Sydney, Australia; died during a visit to Wales.

2. Nicolaas Henneman (1813–1898), Dutch, active in England; WHFT’s valet, then assistant; photographer.