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Inquires about the opportunities for an old friend's son, who has been thrown out of work by recent economic conditions. Refers to the death of Thomas George Baring's father; the son will now be Lord Northbrook. Lear's friend Penry Williams thinks of settling in London. Lear has accidentally burned a canvas. Sir Henry Storks has asked Lear to go to Malta with him. References to Cardinal Manning and to Holman Hunt.