Toward a Vocation

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Letter to his parents.  Bonn; [24] August [ca. 1860 ] b MS Am 1092.9 (2497)

“What I wanted to ask you for at Mrs. Livermore’s were the reasons why I should not be an ‘artist.’  I could not fully make out from yr. talk there what were exactly the causes of your disappointment at my late resolve, what your view of the nature of art was, that the idea of my devoting myself to it should be so repugnant to you.”