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Document number: 4683
Date: 03 Aug 1843
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TRUFFAUT Louis Henri Joseph
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 23rd February 2010

Mr C. F. Talbot [sic]
à Londres

le 3 Aout 1843
8 rue Favart

Mon cher Monsieur

J’ai l’honneur de vous transmettre ci incluse la facture d’une vente <1> qui a été faite, hier, par Mr Chaulin à Mr F. Bigard d’un certain nombre de feuilles de papier Photogenes <2> & dessins calotypes, <3> qui me parait suffire pour constater la mise en activité de votre brevet.

Recevez, Monsieur, la nouvelle assurance de mes sentimens distingués.
H. Truffaut

Monsr H. F. Talbot
31 Sackville Street <4>


Mr C. F. Talbot [sic]

3 August 1843
8 rue Favart

My dear Sir

I have the pleasure of forwarding the enclosed bill of sale for a number of sheets of Photogenic paper & calotype drawings which Mr Chaulin sold yesterday to Mr F. Bigard. This appears to me sufficient to establish the use of your patent.

Accept, Sir, my sincere regards
H. Truffaut

Mr H. F. Talbot
31 Sackville Street


1. This is in the Fox Talbot Collection, the British Library, 25982.

2. This Greek-derived term for ‘photogenic’ is an unusual use of the word, and it is unclear whether Truffaut meant it as a proprietary name for prepared paper or not.

3. These items were sold to Mr Chaulin, papermaker to the King, by Amélina Petit De Billier, ‘Mamie’, ‘Amandier’ (1798–1876), governess and later close friend of the Talbot family [See Amélina's journal ], according to her letter to WHFT, Doc. No: 04866.

4. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT.

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