January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO FORD MADOX BROWN ; 10 May 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590510-TC-FMB-01; CL 35: 268-91


Chelsea, 10 May, 1859—

Dear Sir,

I propose coming up to Mr Thomson's Photographic Establishment on Thursday (day after tomorrow), as the first part of my afternoon's walk,—if you will meet me there, and have the job in readiness for my appearance there. I set forth at 3½ p.m.; if we give half an hour for the journey, we may appoint 4 p.m. as the hour for beginning business.1 If the day is actually rainy,—that is to say, rain without interval,—I shall understand that it will not do; but that I must return on the morrow.

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Thomas Carlyle, by Charles Thompson, 12 May 1859

Courtesy of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


You will have to tell me, however, where the place specially is:—I vaguely understand it to be at or in what they call “the Brompton Boilers”;2 but I never was within the circuit of that Establisht; & shd like to know, What door &c, and whether simply asking for “Mr Thompson Photographer”3 will suffice.—— Please, a word upon this, in the course of tomorrow (Wedy); and for the rest, consider it settled as above on my part, the hour 4, the &c &c.

I remain / Yours sincerely / T. Carlyle

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The Iron Museum at South Kensington
Watercolor by J. C. Lanchenick, ca. 1863

Copyright V & A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum