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You will have no objection, I am sure, in recognising the features of my dear departed parents also.

Poor Christiana is not so well this morning ; but, I am happy to say, her sisters are better.

With affection and regard,

I am, &c.

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To Mr. RICHARD OAKLEY, Martin's Lane.


Royal Exchange, December 15, 1820.

I HAVE read, with considerable feeling and concern, the distressing narrative of poor William's sufferings. Where does Octavius live, and with whom? I think something must be done. What if Octavius, whom his father expects in the spring, were to set off now, and carry over with him some relief; he may assist his father: labour, and the united exertions of all three, may, with a little capital, do much. You have been a great sufferer as well as myself, and I would not urge you to do that, which may and ought to have a more immediate bearing upon one more closely allied to the distressed.

I will thank you for any suggestion, and be glad to see you, if not too inconvenient for you to call as you

pass my office.

Yours, &c.

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Tavistock Place, December 16, 1820. I beg leave to introduce to your notice, attention, and most holy keeping, my honoured father and mother. My reign of parental delights is past, and I can only bear in recollection the tender affection and the love they bore me. Yours is now beginning; and if I could possibly suppose that you will have one thousandth part of the gratification I have felt in their company, it is as much as I can expect, and quite sufficient to reconcile you to their acquaintance. Believe me to be, dear Madam, &c.

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Tavistock Place, December 18, 1820. I TAKE leave to commit to your care a small parcel, which will be forwarded to you by the Hereford coach, in a day or two, containing impressions (from drawings of my own,) of two portraits, which will bring to your recollection two worthy and amiable characters. One set, I hope, you will do me the favour to accept, and also oblige me by sending the remainder as they are directed.

I wish you happy through the festivities of the approaching season, and ever after.

Yours, dear Sir, &c.




Tavistock Place, December 18, 1820.

The esteem and regard you have often expressed for my dear departed parents, and my recollection of the happy hours I have passed with you in their company, induces me to hope, that to recal to your

remembrance the resemblance of their features, will not be unacceptable to you.

You are not unacquainted, I presume, with the lithographic art lately introduced into this country, and now generally patronized. A finely grained stone, when prepared, and on which a drawing may be as easily made as upon this paper (with a properly prepared chalk), is capable of giving, in many instances, two thousand impressions. I fill up many leisure hours, and have lately copied from two paintings I possess, portraits of my ever-esteemed father and mother. Your acceptance of the impressions I send you will gratify me; and I indulge the hope that you will cheerfully give them a place in your portfolio.

I request you to present my best remembrances to Mrs. Troughton, and to your family. Believe me to be, dear Sir, &c.

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To Miss LLOYD, Wеobly.


Tavistock Place, December 18, 1820. Permit me to request your acceptance of two portraits, which may bring to your recollection the resemblance of two amiable characters. In their humble walk through life you cannot have forgotten the cheerful hours you have passed in their harmless society; and I do flatter myself you will accept my offer with satisfaction.

Perhaps you will oblige me by presenting duplicates of them to your brother Henry. He will recognise, and it may probably bring to his recollection, that we were dabblers in art together : we were then two artless

boys. I will leave it to you to draw our portraits now; and in so doing,

Nothing extenuate, nor aught set down in malice."

Do me the favour to present my very respectful remembrances to all your family; and

Believe me to be, my dear Madam, &c.

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Tavistock Place, December 18, 1820.

I send two specimens, emanating from the exertions of my leisure hours, of my attempt in the lithographic art of engraving. You will perhaps appreciate them, as being resemblances of old and worthy friends; and your acceptance of them will oblige me.

I beg you to accept my thanks for your professional attention to, and care of, my dear departed father. His memory will long be esteemed; and, by those who knew him, will never be forgotten.

Pray present my best regards to your lady, and to all your family — your brother Daniel particularly.

Believe me to be, dear Sir, &c.

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Stock Exchange, December 18, 1820. Your exemplary daughter's letter to Mr. Richard Oakley, enclosing a letter from you, bearing date the 10th of October last, and by him transmitted to me, has softened Pharaoh's heart ;” and notwithstanding he may have stipulated for the “pound of flesh,he has a heart “

open as day to melting charity :” he possesses a mind invulnerable to the stings of reproach; and when his conscience and his acts present a shield to blunt their effects, they pass by, “as the idle winds which he regards not.”

Your mental and bodily sufferings — your exile from your native land—your separation from your children your fatherly attention for their happiness, and your anxious solicitude to relieve them --- are expressed with manly feeling, accompanied with the candid acknowledgment of the wrongs you have done them; and an avowal of your errors softens the asperity of the cause which occasioned them, and claims at least pity, if not assistance : and notwithstanding the heavy losses I have sustained by the indiscretion of my family generally, (losses which could not have been supported but by economy and active exertions), I am content to make another effort, as far as prudence will allow, in offering relief to a suffering brother.

You will receive by the packet, which sails in January, an order upon a respectable mercantile house in the city in which you reside, for one thousand dollars, made payable to yourself and to your son George, upon whose principles and integrity, so strongly mentioned and dwelt upon in your letter, I rely for the repayment, when time and industry may conveniently put it in his or your power; and I should hope, from the advantage of situation, (which I learn is good), and to your united exertions, it may lead to better account, and enable you to enter the “ threshold

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