The Daguerreian Society

On this day (June 17) in the year 1843, a certain daguerreotype case 
maker in New York wrote the following letter to Albert Southworth of 
Boston. (It was November of this same year that Southworth would into 
partnership with Josiah Hawes.) 
                                                New York, June 17, 1843 

     Mr. Southworth,

        Sir I beg leave of communicating these few lines
     soliciting your attention I being informed by L. Champney
     and several of your friends that you are one of the most
     successful prof of daguerreotype and doing the most ex-
     tensive business in Boston and invarably use a great number
     of miniature cases I have been engaged some time past in
     manufacturing miniature cases for some of the principal
     operators in this city and recently in business for myself
     and anxious for engagements I have got up a new style case
     with embossed top and extra fine diaframe This style of
     case has been admired by all the principal artists in this
     city If you feel desirous to see my style of cases if you
     will favor me with an answer I will send them by Horse
     Express if my style of cases should suit you I can
     supply you on reasonable terms.

                                   Yours M B Brady

          162 1/2  Fulton near Broadway opposite St. Paul's Church 

(This letter is in the collection of the George Eastman House, formerly 
of the Boyer Collection.)
Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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