I have the honor to state to the Council of the Royal Society, <1> that my motive for withholding for the present, some parts of my process of Photogenic Drawing, is, that otherwise I have reason to think I should be completely anticipated in those other, & perhaps more perfect, results, which I hope to work out during the ensuing summer.
Now, this is a sacrifice which, as it appears to me, I ought not to be called upon to make.
With this explanation I am content to leave the matter in the hands of the Council who no doubt, are the best judges of what is most for the interests of the Society, and of science itself.
H. Fox Talbot
44 Queen Ann St <2>
Feb. 6. 1839–
1. The council of the Royal Society objected to WHFT’s proposal to publish the whole of the paper ‘Some Account of the Art of Photogenic Drawing’, which was read before the Society on 31st January 1839.
2. 44 Queen Ann Street: London home of the Mundy family and a frequent base for WHFT.