TC TO THOMAS WOOLNER ; 3 March 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590303-TC-TWO-01; CL 35: 46-47
TC TO THOMAS WOOLNER
Chelsea, March 3, 1859.
I called yesterday, 4 to 5 p.m., at the Studio,1 but found nobody—was proud I had found the House again, so that I might call another time.
I want you, in the meanwhile, to persuade the Secretary of the Hogarth Club2 (in some friendly way, for I would not hurt his feelings on any account) to cease altogether sending me the business letters &c. of that Institution,—to which I wish honestly well; hoping always I may look at your exhibited works, or the like, one day;3 but do not take hold farther, nor ever intend to do, least of all in present circumstances. Such letters are not only a waste of trouble and postage stamps to your society, but there is implied a kind of untruth in the affair: in short they are becoming, in their great frequency and miscellaneous complexion (of which I enclose you a specimen with appendix)4 an afflictive phenomenon more or less; and I beg you, in a cunning silent way, stop them!
When anything that can interest a general member of the Community is afoot I shall be happy to hear tell of it.
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Excuse my headlong message (headlong form of ditto): I am in more haste, and with a heavier burden on my back, than is good for me just now.
Yours ever truly,