Sunday [17 April 1870]
My dear Fan,
I write to you chiefly because Dunn seems, (by a letter of his I receive to-day,) to have derived from Brown the idea that I am much worse; and I am afraid this may make you anxious. I am certainly no better, and am drawing very little, but there is no decided change for the worse.
Will you tell Dunn, as regards the cartoon, that it should not be made larger, by any alterations, than the canvas will admit of. This is the only point to be considered, as to making it a little larger—or smaller; but the figure of Dante should be in the same proportion as the photograph.
I wrote to Graham at least a week ago, offering him the studies for the Dante picture (which he once asked me to keep for him) and also a drawing I have made here – 150 gs together. But I have not heard from him since. I think this may perhaps be caused by illness in his family, but yesterday I wrote to him again.
I feel that I ought to stay on here as long as possible, but if money runs quite out, I shall have to come up. Mme Bodichon has other friends coming here after the 7th of May I believe. I expect if I do not come up before the end of next week, I shall have to do so then, as that is the day my poems are coming out, and I shall have to come up for a day probably; even if I return here afterwards.