January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO DAVID THOM ; 20 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430120-TC-DTH-01; CL 16: 29-30


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea London, 20 jany, 1843—

Dear Sir,

Your Letter, and still earlier the Book it was to announce,1 arrived here several days ago. Many thanks for both. The friendly inscription you have prefixed to the Book is all the more gratifying to me, or rather is alone gratifying, as I can discern by clear indications, what I already knew by credible report, that you are a man of sincerity,—a very rare kind of man at present. I am accustomed to say, and do not mean any paradox, that Intelligence and Integrity are twin faces of the same thing, and cannot be divorced at all; a fact which is very important and very cheering to me in looking at these sad days. If praise be of any value, as certainly it sometimes is withal, then praise from such a man is precisely the kind for another man.

I have not yet got your Divine Inversion sufficiently examined; nor am I sure that I shall ever fully succeed in penetrating into the peculiar centre where you stand and look: but I already seem to myself to discern indubitable analogies with much that is deepest and most central in what I otherwise have come to believe; and I may venture already to express my persuasion that the Doctrine you state and enforce there, is, in the real essence of it, true.

Wishing you good success, wishing you faithful continual endeavour, which is the best success, in all your strugglings, and strenuous life-battles (for such, I see, yours are), I remain, / Dear Sir,

Yours with thanks and regard,

T. Carlyle