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On this day (December 29) in the year 1846, Joseph Pennell,
an early partner of Albert Sands Southworth prior to Southworth's
long partnership with Josiah Johnson Hawes, wrote the following
letter to the Southworth and Hawes studio: 
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                     Waterbury Dec 29, 1846

Friend Southworth

         I send you 20 pounds of
hyposulphite which I think you will like at
least part of it.  It is all equally good
but the white pearl will be the most salable
probably.  I had not time to break it up
but if you will select the handsomest of it
and bottle it I think it will sell.
Messrs. Scovill are much pleased with some
I have put up for them.  I wish you would
try it thoroughly and let me know how you
like it and whether you prefer the best sort.
I wrote to you about a balvonic battery
I wish you would call of Mr. Davis's
and see what improvements he has.  I want
one for doing large work.  I wrote to
Wilcox but he has not answered me.  I would
like for Wilcox to answer my letter if he
has received it.  Please give me Davis's
prices for his best batteries for plating
I can put you up a handsomer lot of
hypo if you think you can sell it for me.
I like the looks of the white pearl.  There is less
wafer of crystalisation in it and consequently
more of the substance to the pound.
Please answer this as soon as convenient.
                          Yours truly
                            Jos Pennell

(written vertically in the margin:)
  I think some of leaving scovills and doing business on my own hook
                                                  what think you?  

(transcribed from a manuscript in the collection of Matthew Isenburg)
I'm glad to be back with DagNews!  I hope that you and yours are
enjoying a great holiday season.
Posted for your enjoyment.      Gary W. Ewer       

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