August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 28 September 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460928-TC-JAC-01; CL 21:61-62.


Chelsea, Monday [28 September 1846]—

My dear Brother,

Your Letter came a few hours after mine had gone,—next morning, that is. On reflexion, I decided not to send this Estimate of Dante to the Chapman's; but that you should keep it till your Specimen Canto was ready, and then transmit the whole together. It will wear a more independent air; and bring the matter before Chapman all in a piece, when the time comes. I think you ought to put your Notes, all but the very short ones, mostly behind the Canto (or even the volume?):—if you could put them into the form of general exposition in front of each Canto (I mean, not as Notes at all), that would be much better. But it would be very difficult. In fact the difference between an ostentatious blockhead and a modest man of sense does very much appear in the matter of Notes! I have engaged that they should be above all brief. “Pauca verba [Few words]”1 is the most universal of rules.— When you have got any way made, let me hear.

I am still extremely idle here; reading &c &c I take the Dandelion daily;2 certainly with no ill effects. I could take it fluid, or in any form.— I do not feel the least disposition to do other than rest yet a good while.—— Jane continues well: our joint regards to one and all of you. Take care of my dear Mother; to whom I will write soon. Ever yours

T. Carlyle

That money is all right:—do not, if you love me, speak any more about it at all. House or no house, all right!3