July 19. 1845.
My dear Sir,
I am particularly obliged by your kind remembrance of me with respect to your photographic tour; nothing can interest me more than this opportunity of seeing the process in field operation under your direction; I cannot well join you on Tuesday, but will thank you for one line by return of post to say when you shall be at York and how long.
A steam vessel leaves this place every Wednesday for Liverpool, 24 hours, by which I shd probably come.
I was sorry not to be able to shew you some of my good plates before you went to Tonbridge
Claudet’s “macons” <1> entirely failed in “exacting any perennial monument” of me; Major Playfair <2> sent some very good negative pictures from Edinburgh; but they made but mediocre copies from them, in some degree, (as it appeared to me) from an obstinate determination not to wax the negatives.
yours truly obliged
Calvert R. Jones. Jnr
H. F. Talbot. Esqre
1. Maçons,or masons. Antoine Françoise Jean Claudet (1797–1867), London; French-born scientist, merchant & photographer, resident in London. This was possibly a reference to the medallion portraits of inventors and artists that ringed Claudet's studio gallery.
2. Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair (1786–1861), military & provost of St Andrew’s University.