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Letter from Alfred Tennyson to G.F. Watts, dated 27 December 1872, telling the artist that he and other friends of James Martineau desire that he should paint Martineau.
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Farringford
Freshwater
Isle of Wight
Dec 27th 72

My dear Watts, Signor, I mean,
I have been asked to use my interest with you - and I hope that I have some - or am I mistaken? - to take the portrait of James Russell Martineau - a good man & great metaphysician, certainly one of the note-worthy men of our times, & one of my friends, & with a head & face which his congregation & his daughter think you alone can