Blessed be the inventor of photography! It has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has 'cast up' in my time -- this art by which even the 'poor' can possess themselves of tolerable likenesses of their absent dear ones.

Letter, 21 Oct 1859

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle : July 1847-March 1848 (Duke-Edinburgh Edition. Vol 22) by Thomas Carlyle, Kenneth J. Fielding (Editor), Ian Campbell (Editor), Clyde De L. Rayals, Clyde D. Ryals (Editor)

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