Letter from Redesdale [Algernon Freeman-Mitford, Baron Redesdale] to William Robinson

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Written from Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh [Gloucestershire]. Manuscript

He thanks Robinson for the sumptuous volume; the paper, type, photographs and letter press are to his liking; he is proud to call himself one of Robinson’s disciples, though he occasionally guiltily breaks away from his teacher; the only point in which he begs to differ is that, with discretion, a statue may be effective; he dislikes the stonework of Versailles and the ars topiaria; he admires Robinson’s treatment of woodland, and the way in which he makes a garden fade into the wood; he will send Robinson a copy of his book, ‘Veluvana, the Bamboo Grove of Buddha’, when it comes out