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Document number: 7248
Date: 05 Apr 1856
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: HENDERSON James
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA56-18
Last updated: 21st April 2010

Western Rooms

April 5th 1856

H: F: Talbot Esqre


I must apologise for troubling you, with reference to the decision on the 26th February in the suit and action between yourself and me <1> doubtless you have been apprised that I was awarded 150 as damages (to be paid with 14 days from that date, but which I have not yet received) and the Bill to be taxed As I am given to understand a part of the costs will not be allowed in Taxation, I am certain to be a very considerable loser, with so small an amount of compensation When these proceedings commenced against me in 1854, I had attained a comfortable position, & good business, in Regent St which I was obliged to sell, at a great sacrifise, on account of the injury I sustained both in my business, & my health, through the Injunction obtained against me And the provincial tour in which I have (solely on this account) ever since, been compelled to be engaged, has proved so unsuccessful that I have already lost 200 by it I feel assured a gentleman of your standing, would not wish a poor man, like myself to be the sufferer And therefore trust you will take my case into consideration, & kindly allow me some additional compensation as I had no wish to infringe your patent and as the bill was filed against me, without giving me any previous notice, I had no alternative but to defend myself, in the usual course by which, though an innocent, I have, unfortunately, been, a very severe sufferer in every way

Trusting you will give this matter your early and favorable attention I beg to subscribe myself Sir/

Your most obedient Servant
James Henderson


1. Cornwall. Henderson had operated various studios in London from 1848-1855, then briefly in Brighton, setting up in Launceston in September 1855.

2. In 1854, WHFT filed a lawsuit against James Henderson, a commercial portrait photographer employing collodion, claiming it was an infringement of his calotype patent of 1841. He got a temporary restraining order, which was put aside until the trial for a prior lawsuit Talbot v. Laroche, could be finished, as it regarded the same subject.