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Document number: 5016
Date: 02 Jul 1844
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: SHAW George
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA44-38
Last updated: 4th February 2013

Temple Row West
2 July /44

H F. Talbot Esqre


Accompanying this you will receive a copy of the second edition of my work on Electro-metallurgy <1> (published yesterday) which you will oblige me by accepting in acknowledgement of the kindness I recd from you in Feby last in the present of photographic specimens. <2>

I am Sir Your obliged Servt
George Shaw


1. George Shaw, A Manual of Electro-Metallurgy, 2nd edition (London: Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1844).

2. Unfortunately, this happy relationship between the two men fell apart two years later when Benjamin Cowderoy (1812–1904), land agent in Reading; business manager for WHFT; later a politician in Australia, who was managing Henneman’s calotype works at Reading at that time, demanded that Shaw take out a license and additionally buy his iodized paper from them [Nicolaas Henneman (1813–1898), Dutch, active in England; WHFT’s valet, then assistant; photographer]. Shaw angrily replied on 14 December 1846 that ‘since I can obtain much better paper than yours’ he was induced ‘rather to give up the process than be compelled to make inferior specimens’. [See LA46-139 (Acc. 23766), Fox Talbot Collection, the British Library].

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