Stephens and I are in apartments where we play the bachelor quite gravely, he carves and I help the vegetables, and we bandy compliments, lazy enquiries and replies, he says ‘May I trouble you’ and I say ‘It is a pleasure sir’. Making tea I am not up to yet. ‘But he knows a thousand things’ [quote from Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’, XCVII]; which leads me to suspect that he has somewhere a little snuggery in which he acts the ‘Father of a family’, another of which he would have here I strongly suspect, if he waited the result of certain evening walks, which he insists upon making by himself.
— Letter from William Holman Hunt to John Lucas Tupper, 22 October 1850, describing Frederic George Stephens. Hunt, Stephens and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were staying at Sevenoaks in Kent for a painting expedition. James H. Coombs et al., eds., A Pre-Raphaelite Friendship: The Correspondence of William Holman Hunt and John Lucas Tupper (UMI Research Press, 1986), p.30.