January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ALEXANDER GILCHRIST ; 3 February 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560203-TC-AGI-01; CL 31: 22-23


Chelsea, 3rd February, 1856.

Beyond doubt you are one of the successfullest hunters up of Old Books now living; and one of the politest of obliging men! Once more I have to declare myself very much your debtor, and grateful to be helped,—in such a spirit, and also with such effect.

The Bielefeld1 is quite a conquest; vainly tried, in all manner of ways, for four years past: it would have saved me, and will still save me, many missions (missions, since visits are really impossible for me) to that dismal labyrinth of a British Museum; nay I may get out of it what no missions or visits would ever have given. …

I find in that old book of military Pictures, something of costume to learn from; and at least three portraits I was interested in,—Prince de Ligne (Prince of Puppies, as I call him) for one. N.B. all his pamphlets about Frederick (indifferent all, but unique some of them) are under my hand already.2