July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO FREDERICK MYERS ; 4 November 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18471104-TC-FM-01; CL 22: 145-146


Chelsea, November 4, 1847

[Praising his unpublished pamphlets and urging him to write a work for publication, ideally a] real Biography, some Portraiture of a remarkable Man and his Life. … Why not fling yourself fearlessly into it, like a stript swimmer, like a stript worker;—regardless of all objects, but the one object of making the Portraiture like? Do you know Bishop Lowth's Life of William of Wykeham? Wykeham is really a great man,—if not a prophetic, yet a truly architectonic soul.1 … Or if you prefer a modern subject … . Did I not know a man called John Marshall … whom and whose life … the whole world might be better for knowing!2 A man, I very deliberately say, whose History well written might be a real possession even now.