Emily Tennyson, letter to Edward Lear, 16 December 1854
Dear Mr. Lear,
Thank you for your most kind letter, but indeed there was no need for it. I have so strong a feeling of the uncertainty of all human things that I mean to burn it at once.
I see clearly that whether you will or not you positively must come here that little Hallam may make you laugh when he takes up his drum as he did the other evening and when I asked him where he was going
“To battle” he said.
The good time will come; only be of good cheer. Hard indeed it is when you have so many causes for sadness but I remember when I first met you the tone with which you said one Sunday evening “I can only sing Sunday songs today”, and I feel sure you must understand what those words mean “sorrowful but always rejoicing”. We cannot dispute the first right of your old friends to you and we will yield it with a good grace if only you promise as far as we mortals may promise to come and try here how you like the I.W climate.
I will meanwhile write and ask about bookings at Niton that if you should not like this place as well as I hope you will you may have a pleasant home ready there if possible.
I have been so long writing about the climate of the Undercliff this letter is too late for the post. The [Dr.?] of the Undercliff of course praises it but I will try and learn from Mr Peel all particulars of Niton, both as to climate and comfort. I know it is reported much warmer than this. […].