January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ROBERT S. TAIT ; 12 August 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560812-TC-RST-01; CL 31: 169-170


Gill, 12 Augt, 1856—

Dear Tait,

I had been across the Country for a couple of days; and found your Note last night at my return.

Thanks again for your prompt definite compliance on this occasion: I enclose the due 63 Majesty's Heads;1 and so roll that little matter off my conscience.

Do not trouble yourself too much abt the projected Frontispiece Photograph: I almost foresee it will not come practically to much,—witht more luck than I can expect. As to the size, we must be regulated by the size of the Book-page (of which I have no specimen here); the biggest that will admit will be the preferable,—I mean biggest whole group. The larger one therefore, I fear, is too large?

But again the smaller one would be very pretty, if a space the size of it were left blank in the due printed page, and the thing there pasted on: is that ever done? It is a possible operation;—and the difference between that and wood-cuts is incalculable. You might ask a little about that latter point too.

A Letter from Neuberg this morning gives animated account of Kissingen,2 and the Bath-People there: Ng aims towards Switzerland, and to be home before Septr end. My Brother is not coming while August lasts.

Another Letter from Foxton urges me to Rhayader on my way homeward: unfortunately, I have no chance for that. Indeed I am better here than I could well elsewhere be, so long as my rustication will endure.

Yours always with many thanks,

T. Carlyle