The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO H. T. WAKE ; 24 November 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531124-TC-HTW-01; CL 28: 322-323


Chelsea, 24 Nov., 1853

MY DEAR SIR,—Mrs. C. requests me to answer you for this time. The new plate is exquisitely finished, and very excellent as an arabesque; nevertheless, we decidedly prefer the father of them all, the one first sent, it has so beautiful a monumental character; and nothing of the caricature human face, which in these latter specimens a diseased imagination (by aid of the wiverns, etc.) fashions for itself!— We will stand by the first one, therefore; and on the whole, if you have it at the right size, and know a good engraver, I will request you have it engraved for me without further delay.1 We are going out of town in a week, till about New Year's Day. I hope you may have it ready about that time.

Your Ecton Tithes-Book2 is really a curious document, for which surely I am much obliged. I think it ought ultimately to go to America; and be deposited in some Congress library, University library, or other safe and perennial place, for the great Franklin's sake!3 Did you discover there that Thos. Franklin was the blacksmith of Ecton?4 I find the Parson paying him ‘for his work,’ but never what the work was. Another question is, how have you made out the three Parsons' names, Archdeacon P. and his two sons?5 If you could answer me those two questions within the week, I should be obliged,——and leave you and Mrs. C. to settle the matter against our return from the country.

Believe me, yours very truly,