October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO ALEXANDER VINET ; 4 April 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460404-TC-AV-01; CL 20: 159-160


Chelsea, London, 4 April / 1846—

My dear Sir,

I have had the pleasure to receive your obliging Letter, with the Copy of the Vevey Epitaph, which I am very glad to possess by your kindness and Mr Erskine's.1 Pray allow me to return many grateful acknowledgements; and if you write to Mr Erskine before I do,—as is possible, your geographical position being favourable to correspondence at present,—I will ask you to thank him also for this kind remembrance of me.

Andrew Broughton was Clerk of the Court for trial of the King, and read the Sentence of Charles Stuart: this I suppose is what the Epitaph may mean by “Sententiam regis regum profari,”—intimating also obliquely that it was a just sentence, ratified in Heaven by the “King of Kings.”2 Broughton is mentioned slightly in some of our old Books; in Ludlow once or twice:3 as he seems to have been “twice Mayor of Maidston” in Kent, there may be other traces of him there. But probably this old Stone-Tablet in the Church at Vevey may prove the most distinct memorial he has now left.

You are very obliging, and I must say very patient, to read my Books so far from the Home they by birth belong to! If I ever come to your beautiful region of the world, I shall hope to have the pleasure of paying my respects to you in person.

With many thanks and regards / yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle

to M. Vinet &c &c / Lausanne