The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON ; 2 December 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531202-TC-RWE-01; CL 28: 329


Chelsea, 2 decr, 1853—

Dear Emerson,

Let me now present to you Mr S. Lawrence an Artist of great talent and accomplishment in the way of Portrait Painting (to whom I have repeatedly sat); and a truly worthy amiable and honourable man, whom I have long known as such. Being on a Tour in America for certain months (with more than one object), he will take Sitters as the occasion may offer. He is sincerely and highly esteemed by the best judges here; has in fact painted most of our best faces (Tennyson, Thirlwall1 &c &c) as no other man among us can paint them. I think you will find in him truly a good fund of tacit (unconscious) intelligence; presumably adequate for that and other tasks;—and not unbeautiful to you and others that can recognise it.— In a word, please to receive Lawrence as a good man, of good gifts, is sure to be received by you;—and if you can in any way forward him, do not neglect to do it.

I am always / Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle

Ralph Waldo Emerson Esq
Concord, Boston, Masstts
By Samuel Lawrence Esq.2