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Document number: 4812
Date: 02 May 1843
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st September 2003

2 May/43

D. Sir –

In addition to Mr Claudets <1> opposition, your Patent <2> is opposed <illegible deletion> by Messrs Johnson & Wolcot. <3> We think these gentlemen would withdraw upon you’re depositing with Mr Attorney General the particulars of your Invention. Should you prefer going to a hearing, we will delay taking out a Summons till your return from Paris –

We are Your Srts
Poole & Carpmael

W. H. T. Talbot Esq
Lacock Abbey


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

2. WHFT took out a patent entitled ‘Photography’, U.K. number 9,753, 1 June 1843.

3. John Johnson and Alexander Simon Wolcott, U.K. patent number 9672, 18 March 1843, ‘Photography and its application to the arts’.

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