October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON ; 3 March 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460303-TC-RWE-01; CL 20: 135-137


Chelsea, 3 March, 1846—

Dear Emerson,

I must write you a word before this Packet go, tho' my haste is very great. I received your two Newspapers (price only twopence); by the same Ship there came, and reached me some days later, a Letter from Mr Everett enclosing the Cromwell portions of the same printed-matter, clipt out by scissors; written, it appeared, by Mr Everett's nephew;1 some of whose remarks, especially his wish that I might once be in New England, and see people ‘praying,’ amused me much! The Cotton Letter &c I have now got to the bottom of; Birch's Copy is in the Museum here,2—a better edition than I had. Of ‘Leverett’ and the other small American Documents3—alas, I get cartloads of the like or better tumbled down at my door, and my chief duty is to front them resolutely with a shovel. ‘Ten thous[and]4 tons' is but a small estimate for the quantity of loose and indurated lumber I have had to send sounding, on each hand of me, down, down to the eternal deeps, never to trouble me more! The jingle of it, as it did at last get under way, and go down, was almost my one consolation in those unutterable operations.— I am again over head and ears; but shall be out soon: never to return more.

By this Packet, according to volunteer contract, there goes out by the favour of your Chapman a number of Sheets, how many I do not exactly know, of the New Edition: Chapman First and Chapman Second (yours and mine)5 have undertaken to manage the affair for this month and for the following months;—many thanks to them both for taking it out of my hands. What you are to do with the article you already know. If no other customer present himself, can you signify to Mr Hart of Philadelphia6 that the sheets are much at his service; his conduct on another occasion having given him right to such an acknowledgement from me? Or at any rate, you will want a new Copy of this Book; and can retain the Sheets for that object.— Enough of them.

From Mr Everett I learn that your Boston Lectures have been attended with renown enough: when are the Lectures themselves to get to print?7 I read, last night, an Essay on you, by a kind of “Young Scotland” as we might call it, in an Edinburgh Magazine; very fond of you, but shocked that you were Antichristian:—really not so bad.8 The stupidities of men go crossing one another; and miles down, at the bottom of all, there is a little veinlet of sense found running at last!—

If you see Mr Everett, will you thank him for his kind remembrance of me, till I find leisure (as I have vainly hoped today to do) to thank him more in form. A dignified compact kind of man; whom I remember with real pleasure.9

Jargon abounds in our Newspapers and Parlt Houses at present;—with which “the present Editor,” and indeed I think the Public at large, takes little concern, beyond the regret of being bored by it. The Corn-Laws are going very quietly the way of all deliriums; and then there will at least be one delirium less, and we shall start upon new ones.

Not a word more today, but my blessings and regards. Good be with you and yours always. Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle