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1871 Jan 12, Cheyne Walk; Water-Colour Gallery; I never leave home in daylight; good and bad paper for chalk-drawings. Mitchell trouble. Magdalene may be ready for next year's show; finishing Beatrice, Sibylla Palmifera, Mariana, Pandora. Dante. My temperament. McConnel's painting not sold. I've been trying unsuccessfully to find you buyers. Scott and Manchester. Artist neighbors.
Partly published Mills (Ernestine Mills. The Life and Letters of Frederick Shields, 1912) pages 145-147.