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And Eliphalet Brown, the daguerrotypist who accompanied Commodore Perry to Japan in 1854, helped Hong Kong become an important center of early photography.
I dreaded to look one of my townsmen in the face, -- they knew all: and many years after, when the harsh judgments which would have received me were softened by my lonely penance and sadness, and proffers came from society, my solitude had become sacred to me; and that old star which the daguerrotypist had shown me still reigned.
But now I thought only of the assertion of the daguerrotypist, that "the nitrate was limited in sensitiveness only by the imperfection of the materials," (i.e. plates, glass, reflectors, etc.,) and I had heard the same repeated by the paper which had finally replaced the picture it held.
That my father should be associated in my dream with these experiments was natural; the glass plate which he had held was the same I was using; as for the phial, might it not be some old compound that I had known him or the daguerrotypist use, now casually spun out of the past and woven in with my present pursuits?
When the daguerrotypist left town, I easily found the direction he had taken; and, after waiting several days to prevent any suspicious coincidence in the time of our departure, I one night, soon after midnight, crept from my bed and followed him.
a merry throng gathered about the car of a travelling daguerrotypist.