June 1st 1861
Let me beg You to conclude this affair <1> before leaving Town I do not ask it on my own account but on Mr Pretches <2> who has been kept in a state of anxiety and inconvenience which has been most painful for me to witness – You will see it is impossible for me to enter into any engagement with him until the course is clear with You and sincerely I believe he is not in a condition to wait
The Honble Fox Talbot
1. Viz. the granting of a patent-licence by Talbot to a company to be set up by Hogarth, Paul Pretsch (1808–1873), Austrian photographer & inventor; founder of the Photogalvanographic Company and others, to work a photographic-engraving process. The company intended to use Pretsch’s process, the first part of which appears to have been based on Part 1 [see Doc. No: 07253] of Talbot’s method [i.e. his first patent, Improvements in Photographic Engraving, No. 565, November 1852], although the second part differed in using electrotype.