NPG 404 (1b)
Letter from Mary Mitford to John Lucas, undated (possibly 1830-1), thanking him for the prints he has sent of her portrait and discussing portraits and printsellers.
My father, who did not like the last proof, is delighted with the print as completed - (illegible) that the face may be very little too long (which none but an Artist is likely to find out) the likeness is said by every one who has seen it to be most striking. - Once again I beg you to accept my finest thanks, & my earnest wishes that it may prove only half as advantageous to you as (illegible).
The addresses of the Reading printsellers are as follows - Mr Edward Havell, London Street (8 copies - 4 proofs, 4 others). Mr Cowslade, Market Place, (ditto) - Mr Bather King Street - who shabbily says that he'll take them on sale, but to have the commission if he do sell them & not to be responsible for the money if he do not. My father advises your sending him half a dozen as there is an excellent chance of his selling them.
Mrs Talfourd & the little boy will make a charming picture & I am sure you will do them justice - What a pleasant day you must have had with Mrs Talfourd &