Ottawa, May 26th, 1915.
My dear Russell,
It was a pleasure to receive your letter, and I appreciate it still more if, as I understand, you found time to divert these moments from your honeymoon.
I was present at the unveiling the other day of your work at the Ontario Club. I thought this portrait remarkably good, and so did everybody present; I say this in all sincerity and with no tings of flattery whatever. I remember that in the course of our conversations you told me often that the painting of the hands was the test of a good portrait. If this test is accurate you certainly have succeeded.
With regard to the immediate object of your letter, I am sorry to say that there is no question of painting a portrait for me for the Senate. But there is a portrait of me in the Speakers' Chambers of the House of Commons which I do not like, and which I would like to replace by another one. I would like you to undertake the work, but I have to tell you that I could give only a very insufficient remuneration as it would have to come
from my own pocket.
If you can undertake the work, let me know your terms; I will be ready to sit for it in the first days of June.
With best wishes,
Yours very sincerely,
Mr. John Russell
46 Washington Square
New York City