January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [ROBERT WHITE] ; 19 May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430519-TC-RW-01; CL 16: 174-175


5 Cheyne Road, Chelsea 19 May 1843.

Dear Sir

Accept my thanks for your two Poems,1 which I received last night. I have read them over; which fact, if you knew my habits with respect to that class of compositions in these times, might itself, mean something for you.

I can with great sincerity bear testimony to the existence of a vigorous, genial and truly valuable endowment in the writer of these verses; for which endowment, I should say, the right concern or species of utterance had by no means yet been discovered;—but was likely such seemed his honesty and energy, to discover itself better and better to him, as he unconsciously struggled along his way. And so what can I do but commit you to your own good genius, to whatsoeverof good and striving is in yourself; and to all good influences from without which fail not at any time to wait upon that.

With many kind wishes and good hopes

I remain / Very sincerely Yours

T. Carlyle.