The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO THOMAS BELL ; 20 November 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531120-TC-TBE-01; CL 28: 319


Chelsea, 20 Novr, 1853

Dear Sir,

The Birds arrived last night by the railway, in perfect preservation, and altogether right: I return you many thanks for so ingenious and obliging a Gift, which is very interesting to us here, independently of its intrinsic worth. These useful Grouse bring your wild solitary moors very vividly before one's memory, and in a pleasant manner, in these crowded noisy regions!

By this Post I have sent Mrs Bell two little Pamphlets of mine, which I hope she will accept: for yourself there is, likewise, a miniature Allan Ramsay, much fitter for your eyes than for mine, on a winter evening;—may it brighten a quiet hour for you now and then, in the dark weather.

I hope to come and see those old Localities, and you their new occupants, when I am next in Scotland.— Meanwhile, with many thanks.

I remain / Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle