candlestick

August-December 1842


The Collected Letters, Volume 15


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TC TO A. BRONSON ALCOTT ; 22 September 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420922-TC-ABA-01; CL 15: 100-101


TC TO A. BRONSON ALCOTT

Chelsea, Sept. 22 1842

My dear Sir, — I am very sorry to have been out the other day when you called again. I suppose it is my last chance of seeing you in England. You leave me, too, as an incorrigible heretic and infidel, which verily I am not, yet must be content to seem for the present! Well, I will wish you a right pleasant reunion with your native friends, with those whom you know better than you do me. To hear that your scheme of life prospers to the utmost possible extent will, you may depend upon it, be always happy news to me. Though not precisely my church, I do reckon it a branch of the true church, very worthy to spread and root itself according to its power in a world so overgrown with falsity and jungle as ours is. … I was absent in Suffolk when your invitation to the Conference1 reached me. I can add no more but that sad word, adieu! May all good Powers watch over you, guide you well, and ever better towards your true aim. I remain always,

Yours very sincerely,

T. CARLYLE.