19 Whitehall Place S.W.
29th August 1859
My dear Thornton
It makes me very very sad to see your father's death. It has come upon me with a dreadful shock,--indeed,--for from intimations lately given in the Spectator, I supposed him to be more than usually well. Had he not gone upon some visit lately?
With him seems to have passed away a portion of my own life. He was the first distinguished man of letters I ever knew: and the charm of his conversation, at the time when one is most susceptible to such influence,
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