1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO ROBERT SCOTT TAIT; 15 January 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550115-TC-RST-01; CL 29: 238-239


Chelsea, 15 jany, 1855—

Dear Tait,

The Luther Portraits are a decidedly welcome possession to me (as they may well be to any serious intelligent man); and I will not be such a churl as to return them upon you on those terms. By no means. They shall hang on my walls here; in daily sight of me; and often bring your munificent goodness to my mind, among other things they may suggest.1 Let that therefore be a settled matter; and my thankfulness, tho' not much said about it, be well assured to you.

If you ever go to Germany again (which we may hope) and bring home a Portrait satisfactory to you of Luther himself, I will expressly ask you for a Photograph of that,—indeed Photographs of these two also would be well worth taking, both for your sake and my one, one day or other; but there is no haste about that, while I have the originals here; nor, except Martin's own Photograph, can I, for very shame, solicit you to farther trouble on that subject. I am heartily obliged and gratified; and beg you always to believe so.

Wilson sent me a Letter from Weimar some ten days ago;2 which I have not got answered. Poor Marshall had lost his son,3 for whom, good kindhearted man, I am sorry enough in his affliction: there was nothing else of new at Weimar; Wilson himself apparently contented and well. If you write to him, pray explain how inexpressibly busy I am (amid the chaotic dust-whirlwinds; really almost choked there); & that that is the reason of my silence.

My Wife is still moving about, and professes to like this incipiency of frost.

Yours ever truly, with many thanks,

T. Carlyle