January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ROBERT S. TAIT ; 1 August 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560801-TC-RST-01; CL 31: 147


Gill, 1 Augt, 1856—

Dear Tait,

Many thanks and many to you! You have had a great success this time: it is one of the prettiest Prints1 I ever saw; and leaves all Engravings that are, or will be, hopelessly behind it. Pray do not forget the other impressions (larger or the same size) which you promise me, as soon as convenient;—and keep the “Negative” with all your care, for it is a precious article in its kind. If I could do the Book as well as this Picture is done— But that will not be my luck this time!

I am grieved a little to think of all the trouble you have had, whh there is no means of repaying: but when you succeed as in this case, there is a kind of payment in that itself.

I left Mrs C. a week ago in fine airy quiet sea-quarters (or almost sea) with her Cousins at Auchtertool; she reports altogether favourably of herself yesterday, and seems as if she would stay a while.— I myself am excellently situated here: solitary almost as if I were in La Trappe,2 with brisk sea breezes, tides, green fields, Hills English and Scotch all round known to me since birth: I have such a ride on the Priestside sands every evening (miles on miles of the sleekest hard sea sand) as I could hardly get elsewhere. I bathe also when the tide answers;—as it now does; and indeed the time being come for it, I must run!

With many thanks, expecting soon to hear again, and see a new Fritzchen drumming.3

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle