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Letter from Richard Baxter of the Reform Club to Sir George Scharf, director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 6 June 1870, explaining how and why the club came to commission Dickinson to make the portrait of Cobden.


Reform Club
Pall Mall, S.W.
June 6th 1870

Dear Sir,
In the year 1865 a subscription was got up in this Club for the purpose of placing a Bust of the late Mr Cobden in the Club-house, and a Committee was appointed to carry out that object; a discretion being reserved to the Committee as to the application of any surplus that might remain after paying for the Bust.

About 470 members of the Club contributed, and a considerable surplus remained.
A meeting of the Committee took