1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO HUGH MILLER; 9 March 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540309-TC-HMI-01; CL 29: 44


5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea London, 9th March 1854

My dear Sir,

I am surely much your debtor for that fine Book you sent me last week;1 which was welcome in two ways, the extrinsic first, and now the intrinsic; for I have read it to the end (not a common thing at all in such cases), and found it right pleasant company for the evenings I stole in behalf of it! Truly I am very glad to condense the bright but indistinct rumour labelled to me by your name, for years past, into the ruddy-visaged, strong-boned, glowing Figure of a Man which I have got,—and bid good-speed to, with all my heart!

You have, as you undertook to do, painted many things to us; scenes of life, scenes of Nature, which rarely come upon the canvas;—and I will add, such Draughtsmen too are extremely uncommon, in that and in other walks of painting. There is a right genial fire in the Book, everywhere nobly tempered down into peaceful radical-heat, which is very beautiful to see. Luminous, memorable; all wholesome, strong, fresh and breezy, like the “Old Red Sandstone Mountains”2 on a sunny summer day:—it is really a long while since I have read a Book worthy of so much recognition from me; or likely to be so interesting to soundhearted men of every degree—I might have my objections and exceptions here and there (not to the matter, I think, however, if sometimes to the form); but this is really the summary of my judgment on the business. And so, once more, I return you many thanks, as for a Gift that was very kind, and has been very pleasant to me;—and, with many respects and good wishes, remain, / My dear Sir,

Yours sincerely, /

T. Carlyle

Hugh Miller Esq / &c &c