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ishly perhaps, but determined to do my best.
     The President once posed, I never saw him in the same pose again. He wrote, took notes stood up, swung his chair around.
     In short, I had to construct him as I would a little animal.
     I believe with you that mine is the only portrait from life. I do not believe it was destroyed. It is probably coarse but not without merit and might serve as a basis for something better

                             Yours truly
                             Thomas Eakins

     The chairman of the Committe which gave me the job was the Hon Geo. D. McCreery.
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