the peace and competence and the smiles of [the] social affections in the sunshine of which I anticipate seeing you & all yours one not far distant day, "keeping the even tenour of your way". Mrs Cotman has been receiving much benefit from a recourse to her old medicine. She is of course still an invalid, but a convalescent one. She got out & walked on Friday. Yesterday Sunday I called in the afternoon & she expressed herself as having got much benefit from the prescription, being able to retain her food. I recommended a slight tonic, but she is afraid at present of being made too hungry. She fixes a fortnight as the period at the end of which she will go into the country, in which interval she hopes to get much better. Keep the Review until you have read all you wish. I did admire the extracts you allude to, Beckfords, I should like the book I think, perhaps one day we may get a sight of it. – Do read if you can, the first article. – Thorndike is here, in very fair health & very happy. He often talks of you, & wishes much you were here. So do I, "rather". Walter is gone today to Hanworth. He desired his love to you. Alfred just brought me the enclosed for you. Edmund was very well this morning, he called in to write a note.
The Picture was sent me from Mr Ed[mun]d Cotmans. Should any one feel inclined to give 20 or 30 pounds for it, it shall be sold (for your benefit), that is the only principle on which I could part from it. On any other it would amount to an absurdity, & one day perhaps it may be exemplified. You will find in that no. of the Quarterly some observation of a French writer I think regarding the influence of a reverse of circumstances on the mind & temper as respects the happiness of