January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO SIR EDWARD LYTTON BULWER ; 23 February 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420223-TC-SELB-01; CL 14: 48-49


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 23 feby, 1842—

My dear Sir,

Yesternight your kind unexpected Gift was handed in to me, and received with hearty welcome. As my Wife laid instant hold of the Book,1 and still busily reads in it, I have yet got but a few hasty glances and snatches here and there; but I will not delay returning many cordial thanks for so distinguished a mark of your attention, which is and will be very valuable to me.

By various indications2 I confidently gather, and indeed could have concluded beforehand, that this Book, like its predecessors, will be read and scanned far and wide; that it will be a liberating voice for much that lay dumb imprisoned in many human souls;—that it will shake old deep-set errors looser in their rootings; and thro' such chinks as are possible, let in light on dark places very greatly in need of light! I honour much the unwearied steadfast perseverance with which you prosecute this painfullest but also noblest of human callings,—almost the summary of all that is left of nobleness in human callings, in these poor days. I cordially wish you a long course, and a more and more victorious one; and am always,

With many thanks and regards,

Yours most truly /

T. Carlyle