London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
RUSKIN, John (1819-1900). Autograph letter signed to Lady Cowper, Denmark Hill, 5 January n.y., 2 pages, 8vo (remnants of mount).
'LOVE AND FAITH'. Ruskin refers to some verses (not now present), whose author is coming to dinner bringing, Ruskin hopes, his bride 'whom he has just won in Rome -- the price she set upon herself was that he should become a Roman Catholic -- thus bringing him -- presumably she thinks -- Paradise at least for dowry ... But he is very happy -- to be able to win the two great Rests, at once -- in Love, and Faith', adding however that he hopes to make them both 'a little uncomfortable', for 'it is a shame that any man of this degree of power should allow his religion to be affected by his personal feeling', and concluding with a bitter note about the uselessness of 'all my (noble) writing -- while people hang those frightful Salvators about their rooms'.
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