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Document number: 3826
Date: Fri Mar 1839
Harold White: Mar 1839
Recipient: LUBBOCK John William
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Royal Society, London
Collection number: LUB 38 T21
Last updated: 1st October 2010

44 Queen Ann St <1>

Dear Sir

As I believe you take in the Comptes Rendus, could you lend me the last number for a day or two, as I believe it contains an explanation by M. Daguerre <2> concerning the priority of M. Niepce <3> or himself in Heliography <4>

It seems that Biot <5> has succeeded with the Moon’s rays, in exciting phosphorescence –

Believe me Yours very truly
H. F. Talbot


1. 44 Queen Ann Street: London home of the Mundy family and a frequent base for WHFT.

2. Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851), French artist, showman & inventor.

3. Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765–1833).

4. The name of Niépce's successful photographic process using bitumen on a metal plate. The article was 'Fixation des images de la chambre obscure' Comptes Rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l’ de l’Académie des Sciences, v. 8 no. 6, 11 February 1839, pp. 207-208.

5. Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774–1862), French scientist.

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