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|Selected Letters||Letter from William Edward Hartpole Lecky to G.F. Watts, dated 1 May 1881, asking the artist if he would like to contribute to a memorial for Thomas Carlyle.|
38 Onslow Gardens,
Dear Mr. Watts
with me that a writer who has himself published some 30 most excellent volumes sh[oul]d not be prized solely or mainly by Reminiscences w[hic]h he did not publish or mean to publish & (illegible) w[hic]h he said that if anything in them was worthy of offering in print it must only be after a very careful revisal - a revisal w[hic]h was never bestowed on them. Pray do not take the trouble to answer this letter but if you w[oul]d kindly give any help towards "the Carlyle Memorial Fund" please send it to Messrs Drummond's Bank Charing Cross.
I hope you will forgive me for troubling you
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