April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO CECILIA LUCY BRIGHTWELL ; 10 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480610-TC-CLB-01; CL 23: 43


Chelsea, 10 June, 1848

I accept with many thanks your two Drawings of Oliver's old House in Ely; which it surely was a happy inspiration that induced you to make; and which I, for my share, am very happy indeed to possess. The physiognomy of that old mansion is very recognisable to me; I miss nothing, except the old broken Horse block in front of the House, from which Oliver, among others, no doubt, had often mounted in ancient days: it was broken in two when I saw it,1 but the pieces were still too big for quite convenient removal, tho' now, I suppose, the new Innkeeper has had them tumbled away.

Many thanks for what you have done; and if on future journeyings you come on any other surviving traces of O. C.'s habitation and warfare in this world, and will please to take an authentic portrait of them or of any of them, be sure you are deserving well, not of me but of all persons, and are turning your art to the most indubitable account. …