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Document number: 6557
Date: 24 Jan 1852
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LACAN Ernest
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA52-4
Last updated: 14th June 2016

[on printed letterhead including rates for subscription and advertising:]
Journal La Lumière
Revue de la Photographie.
7, rue de la Perle (Marais)

le 24 Janvr 1852

M Sir,

We took the earliest opportunity of reproducing in our journal la Lumière, your new method of Photography to which you have given the name of Amphitype. The Photographers of France have welcomed it with the most lively interest, but they have addressed to us several questions upon the subject which you alone are able to answer. I have the honour to send you a number of our Journal which will tell you better than I can do, how much what our practitioners await from your kindness to complete a communication which possesses so vast an importance in the estimation of all: and permit me to add my most pressing request to theirs in the name of the art which is already so much indebted to you for the position it has reached.

If, as I hope, you will oblige me by an answer, I shall consider that you take some interest in our publication and shall feel it a duty to direct it to you regularly.

Permit me to subscribe myself dear Sir, with the profoundest gratitude & respect

Your humble Servant
Ernest Lacan

Secretaire de la Redaction du journal La Lumière, 52, Rue du faubourg St honoré, Paris.

[address panel, apparently hand-delivered:]
H. F. Talbot Esqre

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