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see. If Millais becomes drops his mannerisms
and becomes only so far prominent
from others' styles as high excellence
stands out from mediocrity, then
how unfair to say he is leaving his
school, when that school, represented
in the greatest perfection by him, passing
through stage after stage, is at
last arriving at Nature's self, which
is of no school - inasmuch as different
schools represent Nature in their
own more or less truthful different
ways, Nature meanwhile having only
one way.

I will be humble to you on one of
your tenets, I mean General Rules.
Although I had had opinions resembling
yours before, yet you had arrived
at a definite decision on
them before which I could not at
first fully enter into. You were
in advance. I am now seeing the

of Tacitus. I must say they are very
hard, and the [cruces?] have a hope-
lessness about them which I do not
think I find any where else in the
classics. I have Tacitus and Cicero's
Philippics to read (enough certainly)
alone, for would you believe it?
I have no Greek lexicon of any
kind here. Shanklin is a delightful
place. If you were here you would
have soon

-- forgot the clouded Forth,
The gloom that saddens heaven and
The biting East, the misty summer
And grey metropolis of the North,
where I do not envy you. The sea
is brilliantly coloured and always
calm, bathing delight edful, horses
and boats to be obtained, walks

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