January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


JWC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 7 January 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450000-JWC-UC-01; CL 19: 6-7


[early 1845?]

Dear Sir

I was expecting to see Mr Lewis1 again or I should have written to tell him that my negociation about the biography had ended in zero.

Capt Sterling gave me two reasons why he could not undertake it—first that he really knows nothing of the dates and the early facts of his Brothers life; secondly that he has no gift of writing prose. He confesses to writing rather well in verse2—but that is nothing to the purpose— He has also printed a very good prose translation from the german3—but must have done it according to his own account in his sleep

I should think Mr J Mill would be the most capable person you could apply to—if indeed any intimate friend of Mr Sterlings would not find it too sad to write about him in a newspaper, so soon after his death4— Judging from myself I should fancy it was only an indifferent person that could be persuaded to do this thing

Yours sincerely /

Jane Carlyle

Tuesday evening