The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO MACVEY NAPIER ; 12 July 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410712-TC-MN-01; CL 13: 180-181


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan 12 july, 1841—

My dear Sir,

Your courteous and obliging Letter1 reached me before I left Town. For the last fortnight I have been wandering to and fro; and could not till a few days ago make any definite reply.

Arriving here, I find myself disappointed of the House I had counted on occupying, in this native region of mine, till winter; find myself disappointed of several things;—and on the whole not likely to continue here much longer than a month; but again to wander, and to spend my summer season differently from what I had expected. One of the things that fall to the ground in consequence is that project of an Article on the present aspects of Poetic Literature in France. It returns, alas, to the state of a hope or wish; and cannot, I fear, become a fact, for the present! You must pardon me for having troubled you with it. My excuse is that of Melbourne on the Corn Laws;2 that of many men in the like circumstance: ‘Sons of Time,’ and subjects more or less of Chance which Time brings!—

If I ever do write the Article, if it do not die in the mere condition of a wish, as so much does with us, I will offer it to you; and have you and your terms and capabilities in view while writing it.

With many thanks for the past, many wishes for the future,

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

T. Carlyle

To / Macvey Napier Esqr &c &c