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made them, and not made them well, they imitated the originals so abominably! Such men, who out-Herod Herod, ought to be whipped. “Something too much of this.”
There are two other portraits “ more attractive”the counterfeit presentment of two parents. See what a grace sits upon that brow, whose paternal form“ seems -nay, it is”— full of benevolence and meekness. “Look now what follows." The complacent, charitable, kind, good-natured partner of his tranquillity and comforts — such a combination and example, where every one did seem to set his seal to give the world assurance of a happy pair, now gone“ to that bourne from whence no traveller returns,” “ leaving the world for me to bustle in." But soft! methinks I scent the hour of bedtime ! “ Brief let me be:” if you accept my gift, well; if not, and my offer should offend you, think that “ I have shot my arrow o'er the house, and hit my brother."
To JOHN BRITTON, Esq.
MY DEAR SIR,
Tavistock Place, January 26, 1821.
LISTLESSNESS, and slight indisposition, keep me at home. I have not been within the walls of Burton Cottage for many weeks: you cannot then, I think, accuse me of being intrusive : nor do I charge you with intrusiveness; for I believe I have not seen you here more than twice these two months.
If my representative may be permitted to approach you and Mrs. Britton, and you should give him audience, he will, I am sure, whatever you may say to him,
move a muscle:” but should you swear, as Charles Surface did, that
will “ keep him as long as you have a room to put him in,”— he will be grateful in the extreme.
“ Between you both I do divide my crown!” I say, Between you
both I do divide myself, and “whatsoever else may hap to me,” “ give it an understanding, but no tongue.
“ I will requite your loves ;
So fare you well.”
“ While this machine lasts."
To Master R. R. OAKLEY, HAMMERSMITH.
MY DEAR RICHARD,
Royal Exchange, January 30, 1821. PLEASE to deliver the enclosed to Mr. Leggett: it contains a draft for, and on account of, your schooling
I saw your letter to Jane last night; and am glad to find you
feel yourself comfortable, and happy with your schoolfellow, Master Scott. You did very right to return from Chiswick, to ask leave of Mr. Leggett to dine with Mr. Horsley. As you grow in years, I am pleased to see your intellect keep pace with them, and that you have discrimination of the respect due to your superior and instructor; and trust you will never lose sight of that distinction which marks the judicious from the ignorant. I do not like the epithet of“ stupid,” which you have applied to the coachman who took the wrong road: it was an error, and what might have happened to you, to myself, or to any one else. Such expressions ill become youth, and sit ungraciously on a boy of your years.
I took Christiana to Tooting on Sunday, and left her with Mr. Parrott. Change of air, and the professional assistance of Mr. Parrott, will, I hope, effect a speedy alteration and amendment in her health. I called on, and sat with Mr. Thomas, some time : he is much altered since I saw him in the summer, and I greatly fear it will be the last time I may ever see my poor friend again.
I feel much honoured by Mrs. Leggett's commendation of the portraits, and regret exceedingly that all the sets are disposed of, else I should feel very proud in offering her one. If Mr. Leggett thinks the acceptance of myself worth his notice, I am much at his service : you can supply him, and I will replace it in your portfolio.
I hope you will employ your leisure hours in drawing: you will find it a most delectable source of amusement. I also wish you to possess a knowledge of the principles of architecture. These are accomplishments which every well educated person ought to attain, and without which he must make a sorry appearance in polished society. I will, at my leisure, send you a short Treatise on Architecture, where you will find the orders explained ; and from the examples you may easily draw sketches, which will implant it more strongly on your mind, and which you will find quite as easy as drawing figures or landscapes.
Believe me to be, dear Richard,
To DOCTOR POWELL, &c. &c.
Tavistock Place, February 11, 1821. An old friend, “now declining in the vale of years,
" " whose brow bears the appearance of a tragic volume,” and who,“ like one, whom the vile buffets of the world have made so out of love with life, that he would sue to be rid of it, is desirous of a place in the portfolio of Doctor Powell: but should he be “ thought revengeful, ambitious — with more offences at his beck than he has thought to put them in ;” or should he have any thing in him "
dangerous, which wisdom fears ;”then let a “ treble woe fall ten times treble” on that cursed head, whose vain ambition would aspire to such distinction and protection.
If he should be received, well; if not,“ treat him according to his deserts.”
To Doctor BLICK, CORAM Street.
Tavistock Place, February 17, 1821. PROUD of having so able a colleague as yourself, it would be presumption in me to offer an opinion whether it should be in “ aereostation," or by “aeronauts.” I think the application of either bear with equal force, and that it will escape the eye of criticism.
I am no chymist : the iodine and the fluorine are combustion to me; and if you do not blow me up for not giving you more (or, at least, some) assistance, I shall be satisfied. Mr. Cooper may
Mr. Cooper may be very scientific; but, “methinks he doth profess too much."
Yours very truly,
To JAMES BURTON, Esq. Regent's PARK.
MY DEAR SIR,
Tavistock Place, February 25, 1821. If you have no objection to an old friend, who never wears his heart upon his sleeve for daws to peck at; but is, in the beaten way of friendship, a man more sinned against than sinning: one, whom Fortune's favours and rewards have met with equal thanks - one who is not passion's slave; but has a proud respect for early intimacy. If such a one yet lives in your mind's eye, and you can cherish him in your heart's core, or even give him a place in your portfolio, he will fancy himself honoured in the extreme. But should you think such a fellow, crawling between earth and heaven, unworthy of such honour; then cast him from your presence, as a mark for Scorn to point her slow, unmoving finger at, or whistle him down the winds to prey at fortune. A word or two before you go.
I have done the artists some service; but they don't know it. No more of that. I pray you
upon this portrait, speak of me as I am,
Nothing extenuate, nor aught set down in malice !"
Then will you speak of one who cannot love the arts too well. Set you down this, and say beside, that in retirement from the busy world, and basking by the genial warmth of my own fireside, I took by the hand my port-crayon, and drew it thus.