January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO DAVID LAING ; 7 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430107-TC-DL-01; CL 16: 11


Chelsea, 7 jany, 1843—

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for the Third Volume of Baillie, which arrived here safe the other day.1 I have read the Life; which I find profitable to correction, for illumination, on this hand and on that. It is as clear and complete as a Life of Baillie could, at this date of time, be made; I suppose we shall never know more of him than you have contrived to make out.

And now I think you have a right to feel, your long rough task fairly done, that you have accomplished a very genuine piece of service to all men, in thus culling Baillie's Letters from the tombs; fairly into visibility, into new centuries of accessible continuance! Here he is, the huge fat monster; a huge Pactolus,2 with copious gold-grains, and continents of mud: we can all sift and separate in him, and fish and wash, for true metal, at discretion. I have yet fallen in with no Book, on those Times, better worth printing. In the name of all readers of English History, I give you thanks.

The Woodrow Society, among others, sends its Books into our London Library.3 They are a very notable Phenomenon, these new fast-spreading Printing-Clubs; and betoken curious results for Paternoster Row,4 among other things!

I hope the Knox enterprise, tho' difficulties must abound in it, has not been abandoned? No; we want a Knox from you very much!5

Believe me always / Yours with thanks and true regards

T. Carlyle