January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [JOHN EDMUND READE] ; 30 June 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430630-TC-JER-01; CL 16: 221


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 30 june, 1843—

My dear Sir,

I received some days ago a second Copy of your Sacred Poems;1 a copy was already in my hands, and I had been reading in it with interest, but in a great press of occupation had delayed to acknowledge it. I now beg your acceptance of many thanks for both; the succedaneous copy, which it is not fair for me to keep, I shall know how to dispose of with advantage if you allow me.

I wish you would write me a good prose book withal, such as you are well able for. You will think it sad heresy; but I do infinitely prefer prose to poetry in these earnest days. It is the nature of the beast!

In poetry or prose I remain always, / Yours with true goodwishes

T. Carlyle