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Document number: 6069
Date: 27 Dec 1847
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TELFER Tobias S
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA47-105
Last updated: 3rd February 2010

122 Regent Street.
London 27th December 1847.


Above I hand you a note of the Cash transactions for the week ending 11th Decr: which you have not received.

Enclosed I hand you two memorandums, the one will show you the Monies due to the Reading Establishment <1>at its closing, and the other the Monies due by the Reading Establishment at its closing –

I remain Yours truly
Tobias S. Telfer.

H. F. Talbot Esqre
Lacock Abbey.


1. Nicolaas Henneman (1813–1898), born in Holland and trained in Paris, was WHFT’s valet who emerged as his assistant in photography. Henneman set up his Calotype works at 8 Russell Terrace, Reading. Commencing operations at the start of 1844, it functioned both as a photographic studio and as a photographic printing works and continued through late 1846, at which time Henneman transferred his operations to London. Although Talbot supported Henneman through custom, such as printing the plates for The Pencil of Nature, and loans, it was always Henneman's operation. His business cards made no mention of "The Reading Establishment," the designation that it is popularly given today; the only contemporary use of that title seemed to be by Benjamin Cowderoy - see Doc. No: 05690.

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