October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 19 January 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460119-TC-UC-01; CL 20: 107


Chelsea, 19 jany, 1846—

Dear Sir,

Your new Work, which you have very kindly sent me a Copy of, arrived here two nights ago; for which, and for the kind Letter accompanying it, please to accept my sincere acknowledgements.

To be esteemed by an estimable man, occupying in many respects so very different a point of vision, is a real satisfaction. I am afraid, if you saw into all corners of my spiritual smithy, your approbation of the Smith and his hammerings might much diminish! However, I will beg for a continuance of those kind sentiments so long as that can be granted me. We have each his own labyrinth in this dim arena of ours; and must struggle towards the eternal Pole-stars each of us as we best may.

I am again very busy, engaged in very chaotic Cromwellian matters; and must restrict myself to the essential at present.

With many thanks and kind wishes, I remain,

Very sincerely Yours /

T. Carlyle