The collection comprises eight letters, four of which were sent to his friend Bicknell. Goodall informs him that "the sketches are dry enough to be laid down upon canvas" (1868 Jan. 20). While visiting his family in Clifton, the artist writes Bicknell that he loved his "letter so full of pleasant art-gossip." He did not see the Leeds exhibition, but thinks he is "pretty fairly represented," and a woodcut of "The Declaration" was published in the Illustrations News. He has finished for his friend the sketch "Three Copt children," which will "lessen my pecuniary debt to you." John Gilbert came to visit: "an artist, a man for whom I have the highest respect" (1868 Sept. 1). He cannot visit his friend, as promised, because of the preparations for his [second] trip to Cairo (1870 Sept. 26). A short note invites Bicknell and his girls to meet him at Euston before the 2:10 train (1871 July 11).