that young man--the copy promised something. Will you, if you can, see the young man, and ascertain what his wishes in Art are? if he has ambition and seems to possess power? all of which you can soon discover. In these cases should any friend be disposed to assist him up to London and to support him for a year, I will train him in the Art with no further remuneration than the pleasure of seeing him advance. I will put him in the right way, and do all I can to advance him. Do oblige me by exerting yourself in this case for me. Perhaps Mr. Bailey may also feel interest. Remember me to him.
B. R. Haydon
Address: B. R. Haydon ∣ 41 Great Marlborough Street ∣ London
Postmark: OXFORD 28 SE 1817.
Oxford Septr 28th
My dear Haydon,
I read your last to the young Man whose Name is Crips.1 He seemed more than ever anxious to avail himself of your offer. I think I told you we asked him to ascertain his Means. He does not possess the Philosophers stone--nor Fortunatus' purse, nor Gyges' ring--but at Bailey's suggestion, whom I assure you is a very capital fellow, we have stummed2 up a kind of contrivance whereby he will be enabled to do himself the benifits you will lay in his Path. I have a great Idea that he will be a tolerable neat brush. 'Tis perhaps the finest thing that will befal him this many a year: for he is just of an age to get grounded in bad habits from which you will pluck him. He brought a Copy of Mary Queen of Scotts--it appears to me that he has coppied the bad style of the painting as well as couloured the eyebal〈l〉s yellow like the original. He has also the fault that you pointed out to me in Hazlitt --on the constringing and diffusing of substance.3 How-____________________