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Document number: 4969
Date: 20 Mar 1844
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: JONES Calvert Richard
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA44-021
Last updated: 22nd March 2010

Margam Park. <1>
March 20. 1844.

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for the description of the Calotype process; which I intend to try instantly, for the prosecution of which I shd be infinitely obliged if you wd order your Chemist to send me a small quantity of the necessary ingredients; for which I will return him a Post Office order.

I fear however that I shall be sure to encounter the besetting blots, unless you describe the means by which you so perfectly avoid them in your last beautiful works, which I therefore trust to your great kindness not to forget to do.

Should you see M. Claudet, <2> he can shew you rather a pretty specimen of Marine Daguerreotyping <3> which I sent him; since however I have tried polishing with oil alone, my plates have become much superior in beauty

believe me yours truly obliged
Calvert R. Jones –


1. Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.

2. Antoine Françoise Jean Claudet (1797–1867), London; French-born scientist, merchant & photographer, resident in London.

3. Jones was a marine painter and experimented with the Daguerreotype before turning to WHFT's paper processes.

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