Excerpt from The Life of John Murdoch, LL. D: The Literary Evangelist of India
I am glad to hear that Miss Wilson's portrait pleases, for I did not expect it. I think you say in your letter that I should study portrait-painting. I will, therefore, give up all thoughts of the pattern-drawing, and study it alone. I have begun a portrait of Mr. Thomson, the gentleman who was of so much service to me when I came first to Amsterdam. It is about half done, and they are very well pleased with it. I expect to begin his wife's portrait next week. However. I shall not charge anything for these portraits, as they have been so very kind to me, and it is always improving me. I intend to remain another three or four months in Amsterdam, and, perhaps, one or two months at the Hague, if I can get permission to copy there.
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