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[[left margin]] My Military artist friend and myself are working two evenings a week on a small dialogue between a Yankee and Coster? Subject "Chamberlain policy". [[/left margin]] work of art. I have the knowledge of brush work that few men of my age can bear and have learnt my lesson - Less haste - I have been refused enough and each time through reckless carelessness. I have three canvases under way -one I was going to send to the International. It is quite complete but shall not. For when it leaves my studio it must be absolutely satisfactory. I have planed out two small paintings for each exhibition coming on in the Spring and shall by the middle of March have them all finished. I have found from late experience that it is better to work five minutes on a work and improve it rather than five hours and ruin it. That is to be my method. Some of our days this week have been absolutely dark. London weather varies. While daylight lasts I work all the time in oils - and on dark days use black and white. I ought easily to earn, working only a few hours a month forty dollars And hope in my next letter to tell you that I have received double that from a drawing. I am well and anxious to succeed. Love to all Will I trust Mother is now out and about. I plan that you and Mother come to see me next Spring, and live in my flat - eat from my table etc. [[left margin]] Did I write that my place is taken care of and breakfasts cooked by an old lady who lives on this street [[/left margin]] [[right margin]] She will cook all our meals when you come over and we will be happy. You will be proud of my flat (more on subject later) [[/right margin]]
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