Wednesday, 11 Sept 1872
My dear Fan
I was very glad to hear from you and to know that you feel better after your trip. I am glad you manage to get on pretty well, though sorry to hear from Dunn and William that you have been so much troubled with rheumatic pains. I fear you must feel the want of varied and agreeable food, as I know your dinners at home must be very plain. You cannot, however, fare much worse than we should do here, were it not that Graham gas kept up constantly sending hamper of game which have been very welcome.
What you tell me about Brown and William telling you that you ought to let your rooms, was I think, on the whole the best step to take at present, particularly as you seem to have found a quiet lodger. You say that they have given you no money, but you do not tell me positively that you have been in want of any, or I should send a cheque with his. At present however, as you of course know, it is advisable to be very careful, and I know you always are so. I am anxious you should not begin spending that £100 you had laid by, and sooner than you should do that, I would send money at once, though I am obliged to send as little as I can. You must not suppose that either William or Brown are anything but true friends to you; and as for myself, you are the only person whom it is my duty to provide for, and you may be sure I should do my utmost as long as there was a breath in my body or a penny in my purse.
I do not expect now to be staying very much longer here, but am not inclined to return to London if I can help it. Perhaps I may go awhile to Kelmscott, where I should be living at much less expense than here. But I am not certain of my movements yet. I am beginning a little picture for Graham which I suppose will bring in about 150£, though I mean to charge as little as I can for it, in consideration of his kindness.