The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO JOHN GIBSON LOCKHART ; 11 December 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18391211-TC-JGL-01; CL 11: 230


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea, 11 Decr, 1839—

My dear Sir,

There are two Books of yours here; which I beg you to understand are not meant to be kept as black-mail, but to be returned with thanks. I retain them only till the Chartism concern be printed; till I can send you a copy of that along with them.

However, the reason of my writing is not these Books, which are probably of no value at all to you: but a reflexion I made yesterday on the irritable nature of Authors;1 on the doubts you may by possibility have about my being irritated!— God knows, I am much gratified, by your praise of me especially, which I believe to have much more sincerity in it than praise usually has. For the rest, I consider that your decision about that wild piece as an Article for the Quarterly was altogether what it should have been, what on the whole I expected it to be. Fraser is printing the thing now as a separate Pamphlet. Your negative was necessary to decide me as to that step. The Westminster people were willing to have taken the thing, after you; but I was not willing to appear with it there. And so it comes out in the pamphlet-way: quod bonum sit [may it turn out well]!2 One has an equation with more than one unknown quantity in it; eliminate the Quarterly y, there remains x = printing as a pamphlet.

With many kind regards, and a hope to fall in with you again by and by,

I remain, / My dear Sir, / Yours very truly always

T. Carlyle—