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Document number: 5942
Date: 13 May 1847
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TELFER Tobias S
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number: envelope 20288
Collection number historic: LA47-47
Last updated: 16th February 2012

7 Upper Fountain Place
City Road
London 13th May 1847.


This afternoon I called on J. H. Bowlden, one of the Artists who answered your advertisement, and with whom at your request, I left two Sun Pictures to be by him coloured as specimens, the two he did colour, I delivered them to you, but as you did not approve of the colouring, I returned them to him to be more highly finished, his first charge was four shillings per dozen, and his second charge was 9/- per dozen, but he only finished one at the second charge. I therefore addressed and requested he would send in the other as soon as it was finished he having taken no notice of my Letter I addressed him again, again he took no notice of my second letter I therefore thought proper to call on him again when the following conversation took place

Question. Well Mr Bowlden, have you finished the other picture?

Answer. "No."

Question. Did you not receive my Letter?

Answer. "I know nothing about the Letter nor the picture."

Question. How so?

Answer. "I am not going to leave the pictures with you without my money? [sic]

Question. I do not wish you to leave the pictures without your money? [sic] bring the pictures and make me out a bill and I will pay you

Answer. "Very well"

Question. Why, what are you going to charge?

Answer. "Two and sixpence a piece."

Question. "Why, you told me your charge is only nine pence a piece you cannot expect so much? [sic]

Answer. "Well, now I shall charge you five shillings a piece, and shall summons you for ten shillings."

After this I thought it was high time I left. I shall now be obliged by your advice on the subject, as I can assure you, I have no wish to appear in Court Would it not be best for me to see your Attorney, and put him in possession of the above particulars?

I send you herewith enclosed a pattern for the blind your [sic] require it is similar to the piece you left with me; excepting the Colour, which in the enclosed is darker than yours, this is easily remedied, as the Colour may be made to any strength; the price is 6 pence per foot, for a blind joined together to make 10 feet by 10 feet extra for roller &c &c

I remain Yours
Tobias S. Telfer.

H. F. Talbot Esqre
Laycock Abbey

H F Talbot Esqre
Laycock Abbey
Chippenham Wiltshire

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