68, PALACE GARDENS TERRACE,
July 28. 1891.
Being authorized by the family of the late Charles Keene to write his life, it at once becomes necessary for me to write and ask you for any particulars you may be disposed to give me of any intercourse you may have had with him - I know well his high admiration for you and should [p. 2] be a great deal more than obliged if you would give me some idea of your appreciation of him and his work which I feel convinced you held in highest esteem.
The writer in the Spectator showed some crassness of understanding when he said that
from in one quarter or another it would not be hard to find someone to fill his place.
I will not apologize for troubling you in this [p. 3] matter as it is quite necessary to the due fulfilment of my design that I should get something out of you of this great artist and most blameless gentleman.
I am, sir
G. S. Layard.
The paper has a narrow mourning border.
The Spectator, possibly July 1891[?], reference not located.