Augst 31. 1845.
My dear Sir,
Pray accept my best thanks for the beautiful little specimens which you were so kind as to send me.
I have shewn them and the ones which you sent Mr Dillwyn <1> to a variety of persons, and it would have gratified you extremely to have heard the opinions which they expressed, even those of the humbler admirers, such as tradesmen and others of that class, (often as I find, very shrewd judges.) I merely mention this as confirmatory of my belief that this beautiful art cannot fail to gain entire admiration, and a most extensive sale, provided it is properly brought forward.
I shall be delighted to hear that you have made any arrangement with Longman <2> or some other publisher, and shall be most anxious to lend a hand in the undertaking if possible.
I think the Ivy covered gateway at Oxford, <3> which you sent me last is the finest specimen of minute sharpness which I have seen
yours truly obliged
Calvert R Jones Jnr.
1. John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810–1882), Welsh photographer, JP & High Sheriff.
2. Longman & Company, publishers, London.
3. Possibly ‘An Ancient Door; Magdalen College, Oxford’, Schaaf 44, reproduced in Larry J. Schaaf, The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), p. 157.