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Letter from John Angerstein to Thomas Campbell, dated 8 March 1830, responding to Campbell's request for biographical material relating to Sir Thomas Lawrence.
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Sir

It is a great satisfaction to me, that our (illegible) Mutual friend Sir Thos. Lawrence should have one so capable as yourself to undertake from Friendship, his biography and do credit to his superior qualification in his art, and above all his amiable social intercourse, the charm of every circle in which He moved, without a bitter or sarcastick observation ever escaping from his lips. Our intercourse for Forty years from his first appearance in London, was more that of Brothers than any other character I can give it, and altho' it has repeatedly happened to me to be present at conversations on Art with West, Fuseli & Farringdon and others, I regret to say from bad