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Made by: George Cruikshank

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A letter on a folded sheet of stationery written on three sides. It is spread out and mounted on another piece of paper. The letter is from the artist, George Cruickshank, written from 263 Hampstead Road to an American friend John B. Gough. The letter is about a testimonial for Criuckshank from America. "Dec. 18 1871 My dear friend John B. Gough-very sorry to find that you have been unwell, and my sincere prayer is that you may soon be restored to perfect health-I am not surprised at the kind and brotherly feeling expressed and proved, by your letter of the 2nd inst. but am indeed greatly surprised at his most un-expected but extremely kind proposal of a testimonial. I knew that my name was known in America but I had no idea that there existed in teh "United States" such a friendly feeling towards the old artist-which feeling however I very highly estimate-If this kind favor should be confessed, I beg to suggest that it be as a testimonial to Egle (?) who has been working against strong drink-with pencil pen and voice-for upwards of sixty years-being now in my 80th years and working as hard as ever in the great and good chance of total abstinence. and I am glad to tell you that those (in this) country who take strong drink, as beginning to think-and are going to try to stop drunkenness by altering the Licensing System-many of our worthy Bishops are now working in that direction-and I only wish they could hear some of your powerful arguments and to point out to them the right road-my wife joins with me in kindest regards in best wiches towards your dear wife and yourself and I am my dear friend yours very truly George Cruickshank PS We are in the same house as when you both paid us your first visit. We often point (out) to our friends, the place where you and your wife sat by the Drawing room window but the commupiness of the Road have altered the address to 263 Hampstead Road instead of Mornington Mace."

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18.1 × 22.2 cm (7 1/8 × 8 3/4 in.)

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SIGNATURE George Cruickshank
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Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973