August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO HENSLEIGH WEDGWOOD ; 22 October 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421022-TC-HWE-01; CL 15: 139-140


Chelsea, 22 Octr, 1842—

Dear Wedgwood,

I cannot now recollect what loose talk of mine it was that has thus grated on your religious feelings; which, I hope, no deliberate talk or thought of mine would at any time offend.1 There is not in your Profession of Faith today the least thing that I would dissent from; however much I might perhaps wish to add,—if forced to express myself on such subjects. But by conviction of the inadequacy of all Speech or expression, especially our present style of Speech, grows daily stronger: daily stronger too my impatience with all dogmatism on insoluble problems, on inconceivable objects; my deep manifold feeling that this is verily the UNNAMEABLE,— which a man has to speak forth in his life and acts, not by any words (completely) that he can use at present. My impatience with most forms of words, and forms of jargons,—especially when they get into the shrill or cackling condition,—is now and then very intense, it must be owned! Probably it was some spurt of this that gave you the affliction in question.

We had Scott last night, and a great deal of good conversation.

With kind regards to Mrs Wedgwood

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle