1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO ALEXANDER GILCHRIST; 30 January 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550130-TC-AGI-01; CL 29: 244


Chelsea, 30 jany, 1855—

Dear Sir,

I have received your Life of Etty;1 and am surely much obliged by your kind Gift and by the kind sentiments you express towards me. I read, last night, in the Book, with unusual satisfaction: a Book done in a vigorous sympathetic veracious spirit, and promising me the delineation, actual and intelligible, of a man extremely well worth knowing.2 Beyond doubt I shall finish steadily what I have begun,—and small thanks to me in this instance. Etty's name was, naturally, familiar to me; but his physiognomy of body or mind, and his great merits as painter and man were a mere rumour to me hitherto.

I believe I may congratulate you on accomplishing a good work, of its kind, among your fellow creatures and it is a real favour to me that I have the opportunity of enjoying myself over it, and instructing myself by it

I wish you all good speed in your enterprises; and solicit a continuance of your goodwill towards me.

I am, with many thanks and regards,

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle