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Selected Letters 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.

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

  Letter render justly: he himself knows nothing of this earnest desire among his friends and admirers, to have him added to your historical gallery. Pray revolve it in your mind & let me if possible have a favourable answer.

Your house here promises to be a very handsome one. Shall we see you here next


My best remembrances to the Prinseps

& believe me
ever yours

A. Tennyson