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He was right, and, happily for the world, he became convinced that, even if he had the power to fully 'carry out'—as we call it—one of his drawings into a completed oil picture, the time required would have deprived us of immortal sketches; and though he undoubtedly 'left off where difficulties begin'—as I once heard a painter, who was exasperated at Leech's sneers at his manipulation, say to him—he has left behind him work which will continue to delight succeeding generations so long as wit, humour, character and beauty are appreciated—that is to say, so long as human nature endures. ...He had not been well; picking up 'a thousand stones in a thousand hours,' to which he likened his unceasing work, had begun to tell upon him; and in reply to my warning, that, for his own sake, to say nothing of the interests of Punch, he should husband his strength—for, I added, 'If anything happened to you, who are 'the backbone of Punch,' what would become of the paper?'—I can see his smile as I hear him say, 'Don't talk such rubbish!