January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO ROBERT S. TAIT ; 26 August 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590826-TC-RST-01; CL 35: 182


[Auchtertool House, Kirkaldy 26 Augt. 1859—

Dear Tait

The inclosed note is from Mr]1 Erskine's Sister,2 a very amiable Widow Lady whom I have known long: it relates to the old botheration of the “Photograph Question”;3—with whh I would by no means trouble you again, except upon strong compulsion. But if you are at home (whh is not likely), or [when you come home,—let me present the Lady's request, and say that your granting of it will be a favour to me. Or if you cannot grant it, please say as much, and that will at least wash my poor hands of it.]

We hope all goes well, in this sunny period of your existence, for you and a certain other party! We send many kind regards to Mrs Tait4 wherever she and you may be.— We have had two very rustic months, the former of them close by the sea-shore, in this part of Fife: my Wife, since we removed hither, 3 miles inland, to a much better dwelling place, seems really to improve somewhat, rides more diligently on her Cuddy &c; I too still fancy myself to get benefit, and find agreeable [society in my Horse in these fine hilly solitudes, unhappily it will now last but a little longer: we must go Southward, first stage, in a fortnight or less, & be home at Chelsea before Septr end.

With many good wishes /

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle.]