August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO B. W. PROCTER ; 2 October 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18431002-TC-BWP-01; CL 17: 146-147


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 2 Octr, 1843—

Dear Procter,

Many thanks for your kind Letter, for your graceful ingenious Essay on Shakspeare, both of which I have received and read with very great pleasure.1 The Essay abounds in just views, very happily set forth; many of them very far from common among English critics, or any sort of critics, in this time: to me in letter and spirit they are altogether welcome.— Has Themis with her Eldorados stolen you altogether from the Muses?2 I never will believe it.

Rebecca is by no means “beautiful” to look upon: a daughter of Nox, some say of Erebus too;3 how can she be other than ugly?— I was not a little disappointed in Wales generally: a poor bare scraggy country, with a poor bare scraggy people; the few beautiful objects drowned generally in rain and mist; infested on every side by the fatal generation of view hunters! I do not care to look on it again for some time.

You will do me a true kindness if you come down to me here. I sit aloft in my garret, and rarely hear a voice that has much of sphere-melody in it. Do come: in the name of old days, why should you not? If you do not,—not to say if you do,—I myself, on my own resources, will come to Harley Street!4

My wife joins with me in many kind regards to Mrs Procter and you;5 many blessings and good wishes.

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