January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO EDWARD MOXON ; 7 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430107-TC-EMO-01; CL 16: 10


Chelsea, 7 jany, 1843—

My dear Sir,

Many thanks, far heartier than thanks often are, for the munificent Gift of Books that arrived here yesterday. I think I may say,—considering both the outer body of these ten handsome massive Volumes, and the spirit of sterling enduring Wisdom that lies contained in them,—I never received so valuable a Present of Books before. It happens too that of all these works, known to me from old times, I possess no complete legible copy till now, except of Shakspeare alone.1 I might long have gone without making the due effort to get them; and now here they all are, to consult, and commune with, when I like! I hold myself, very literally, much obliged to you; bound by a real service done me, to do you the like, if I ever can.

This Enterprise, of serving all the world by offering them good Books on cheap terms, is one that ought to prosper! Small handy volumes, one page cut into four, would please me better, as I said to you the other night. But these too are right handsome volumes, tho' weightly ones; and all the world ought to be very well content. I bid you, Go on, with more and more success.

Hoping some chance may lead you hither again before long.

I remain, with many thanks,

My dear Sir, / Most truly yours

T. Carlyle

E. Moxon Esq