The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO LEIGH HUNT ; 30 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400300-TC-JHLH-01; CL 12: 90-91


[March–April 1840]

My dear Sir

Thanks for your almanacs and books, for your kind remembrance of me. I am sorry to hear how the cold affects you. I too have got sore throat, and am entirely uncomfortable in such temperature. By the course of Nature and the Almanac, things must mend ere long.

If you have the other volumes of Vasari,1 I will take a look of them by and by. A small slip of paper containing a request to that effect went over to you some weeks ago; but I believe it escaped your notice. I am in no haste about Vasari; nor indeed have I time for it at present, being busied with the Purgatorio of Dante. I have used your English edition so far; but now it leaves me, and now my own is as good as any of the others.

When your friend has done with Jean Paul F Richter,2 a lady wants to see it, having fallen in love with the large man.

Pray make my kind compliments to Mr Orger,3 and thank him without delay for his gift which “T Carlyle, Armiger,” (Penniger were better) is justly proud of.4 As it happens, I have no other complete Anacreon, and I rather think no Sappho at all.5 I design to read both; with the not unwelcome help of that English at the foot of the page. Mr Orger's esteem of me is as good as a Lord Chancellor's; perhaps better; that of a wise and good man—seated not on a woolsack, but a chair.—

Surely I shall see you soon?6 If you have not the last No of the L and Westminister Review I can lend it you for a day.— Courage! Let us hope for spring, sunshine, and better luck every way.—

Yours faithfully always /

T. Carlyle