The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO JOHANN H. KÜNZEL ; 12 August 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410812-TC-JHK-01; CL 13: 211-212


Newby, Annan, N.B. / 12 Augt, 1841—

Dear Sir,

Your Letter with the Portrait of Merck has found me here.1 I have often heard of the sardonic Merck, have read some of his Letters; but never saw any likeness of his face before. I return you thanks for this view of him.

It is not very clear to me what benefit my good wishes for your new international literary journal, the Britannia, can bring you:2 but, at any rate, without volition of mine, you have them. Such Enterprises may be conducted with all degrees of merit, with all degrees of faithfulness, openmindedness and insight; but with almost any degree, their tendency is sure to be useful. It will give me real pleasure to hear that you succeed. He that honestly interprets between his own country and another, that makes his own country understand another, is doing, in all manner of senses, a good service. It is with Nations as with men: if they knew each other, if each clearly saw what the other meant, there could be no hostility among them, they would find that at bottom they were all cooperating.3

Heartily wishing you good speed,

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle