NPG 1827 (1a)
Typed copy of a letter from G.F. Watts to Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, 2nd Bt., dated 28 September 1872, postponing a sitting because of ill-health.
Sept. 28. 1872.
Little Holland House.
I beg to offer full apologies for my apparent neglect in not replying to your letter. My delay at first arose from being unable to answer your questions, and has been caused latterly by my being very unwell. This reason will prevent me from taking advantage of your proposal to sit during the month of October as I must get some change of air as soon as possible and have got work to do before I can get away.
I will place my time and experience at the disposal of yourself and Lady Dilke when I come back to town if you should still wish to be painted.
With renewed apologies,
Very truly yours,