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Letter from Alice Balfour - 21 July 1908

Letter from Alice Balfour, dated 21 July 1908, concerning photographs of her brother's portrait

July 21/08

Dear Mr. Laszlo
I have asked for Hollyer to Photograph the picture of my brother In size 8" x 6". I have told him that you will purchase any photographs of the Picture that you may wish to have, but that no one except you or my brother or myself should

get them, without our permission.
Please excuse these erasures. We are looking forward to seeing you at Whittingehame some day when you are at Gosford.
I leave for Whittingehame tomorrow.
Y[ou]rs sin[cerel]y
Alice Balfour



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