My dear Mr Talbot
I have received your letters & the specifications of your patent, as well as the depositions of Sir J. Herschel & Sir D. Brewster. <1> I had thought you had published a paper in the Phil. Trans. <2> or had at least given a notice of your discovery to the Royal Society in some form, & it was to this which I alluded. <3> I had experimented early on the positive process, <4> but found it so very long that I abandoned it.
I will follow your suggestion and do something with it before I go to Town. My assistant <5> is at work getting all ready for his experiment on your specification, & I doubt not he will be ready for the Camera so soon as the slides arrive. <6> I have not told him a word about the process as conducted in general by myself, so that if he succeeds it will be entirely a success of his own.
I will try to go to Town a few days before the trial & will call on your Solicitor. <7>
Believe me, Yours very truly
Ashmolean Museum. <8> Oxford.
December 1 1859.
1. Sir John Frederick William Herschel (17921871), astronomer & scientist, and Sir David Brewster (17811868), Scottish scientist & journalist, swore affidavits on WHFTs behalf for the case against James Henderson, photographer, London. These were later published in Notes and Queries, 8 July 1854, pp.5354. See Doc. No: 06994, Doc. No: 06423, Doc. No: 06958.
2. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.
7. John Henry Bolton (17951873), solicitor, London.
8. Story-Maskelyne lectured on mineralogy and chemistry at the University of Oxford, and had a laboratory in the lower part of the museum building.