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Document number: 6954
Date: 09 May 1854
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LOVEJOY George
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 20811
Collection number historic: LA54-21
Last updated: 9th March 2012

Sir/

I was in town a few days ago and spoke to Mr Hennemann [sic] about a friend of mine here who has lately been making some attempts in Photography and succeeding so well as to induce him to think of making a business of it and applying to you for a License [sic] for the use of your Patent in Reading His friends have heard that a trial is pending and advises him to wait In the mean time however he wishes me to ask you to kindly favor me with your terms for a License for this neighbourhood

Knowing the benevolence of your disposition I may just perhaps say that he is just the young man you will be pleased to assist as in the first place there is no doubt of his turning out pictures that will not disgrace your beautiful discovery and in the next place he has lost all his property (between 2 & 3,000) by being deceived in a partnership (a Paper Mills) into which he entered since which he has been engaged professionally in mounting Microscopic Objects but obliged to give it up now on account of his Eyes suffering He finds Photography just suits him You may take my word that he is an honorable respectable man and would desire to make a satisfactory arrangement, with you

I am Sir Yours faithfully
George Lovejoy

Reading
May 9/54

[envelope:]
H. Talbot Esq
[illegible address struck out]
Piccadilly
London

[illegible note struck out]
Laycock Abbey
Chippenham