January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO JOHN HARLAND ; 2 September 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450902-TC-JHA-01; CL 19: 188-189


Chelsea, 2 Septr, 1845—

Dear Sir,

I have, this day, what I should long ago have done, sent off your Cheetham-Society Book1 to Chapman and Hall, that they may forward it to you by their Bookseller in Manchester. You will receive it at the Guardian Office, about the beginning of next month; and I beg you to accept along with it many kind thanks for the loan of it, and for all the unwearied trouble you have otherwise taken on my behalf.

The Book on Cromwell is now out of my hands; I believe the people mean to publish it next month. It is worth little as a Book; but is somewhat like what was possible in the circumstances. I feel like a man delivered from infinite reservoirs of putrid stupidity, the guano of two Centuries of Owls;—if I have rendered the face of a Hero visible athwart all that to some few, it will be well.

I am off tomorrow morning Northward for a little country air. With kind regards to your neighbour Mr Ballantyne, and many thanks to yourself which are all I have to offer for the present,—

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle