The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO THOMAS AIRD ; 20 January 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400120-TC-TA-01; CL 12: 18-19


5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, 20th Jan. 1840

Dear Mr Aird,— It is only half an hour since your kind present, dated Christmas, arrived here.1 I have not a single moment to myself at present. I know not how many people all talking round me, &c. &c., but it seems better to write you the message that your book has arrived, has been welcomed, and lies waiting judgment,—not waiting good and best thanks from both of us. On the whole, I am right glad to see you in independent print again; and though I like Prose better than Poetry (sinner that I am), and read very little of the latter, I must except anything in the one style or the other from friend Aird. Why should you not write to me now that it costs only a penny? With many compliments, wishes, and thanks.