Morse entered the jewelry shop of Jeremiah Gurney in New York City
and made him the offer of his lifetime.
For $25 (about $700 today), Morse would teach Gurney the daguerreotype process
so that Gurney could open his own studio.
Jeremiah Gurney became an
American daguerreotype photographer of international renown.
Gurney charged $5 for a portrait, over $150 today.
Due to the quality of his work he was considered the finest daguerrean in New York City.