The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR ; 12 October 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531012-TC-WSL-01; CL 28: 284-285


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 12 Octr, 1853—

Dear Landor,

I am charmed with the very shadow of such a Gift from you;1 should the corpus ipsum [body itself] even perish in the Railway, the thought of such a purpose on your part will always be a possession to me.— Be so good, farther, as write on a slip of paper, in your own hand, a summary of the transaction,—date &c, and that you know or judge the Portrait to be by Ramsay;—then have said slip gummed to the back of the Canvas; which will materially increase its value.2 Hume's face tells its own story, and cannot be mistaken for another: an intensely Scotch type of face, and as ugly as it is possible to be with such talent as his. And so we will wait the advent of the luggage-train and in a ten days farther, hope to report the happy comp[l]etion3 of this beautiful adventure.

On Sunday I was at Forster's; found F. in good heart, tho' somewhat weak, and loaded too heavily for actual strength: I saw there the Portrait of another Philosopher,4 a much more gallant-looking fellow than Hume and fronting not less victoriously in his own manner a bad stupid world: Portrait which reminded me of several very pleasant things!— With thanks, and wishes and regards, I remain always

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle