The Collected Letters, Volume 1


TC TO DAVID HOPE; 15 December 1821; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18211215-TC-DH-01; CL 1:409-410.


Edinr, Cusine's Lodgings, / 5 College-street, 15th Decr, 1821

My dear Sir,

I am extremely loth to trouble you, but Necessity has no law;1 and as I have promised to write Mr Johnstone;2 and failed to procure any account of his address fit for the inspection of Postmen, you see I have in some measure come under the fangs of that iron Power. I make no doubt you will be so kind as send down one of your young men to the door “next to Mr Smith the Bookseller's” with that letter [for Mr] Johnstone, who, besides being a friend of mine, is an Annandale man of an upright heart, who has travelled in America, seen the falls of Niagara, and done many other things entitling him to no small estimation for his own sake. I know he is longing to hear from me; and you will send the article to its place as soon as convenient, I am quite sure.— For Mr Grahame's note3 he will thank you himself—if the thing merit any thanks

Irving told me the other night that you were proceeding, at Glasgow, in all respects, as you should. I can only pray that the case may always continue so. Whenever you are in Edinr I shall be very angry if you neglect to look up my quarters duly: they are quite in the centre of your usual scene of operations; and I long [to] hear news from the West.

Believe me to be, / My dear Sir, / Truly Yours /

Thos Carlyle