August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT; 6 November 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461106-TC-UC-01; CL 21:85-86.


Chelsea, 6 Novr, 1846—

My dear Sir,

Here, according to your request, is the Enclosure contained in your first Letter. My name stands in the Committee—List of the London Library; but I do not take, and never took, any share in the management; and indeed in late years am rarely able to attend at all. I am very sorry you find the performance of the poor Institution so unsatisfactory. To me it yields, on the whole, tho' by no means what I wished, yet some average approximation to what I hoped. The Committee, I believe, will readily listen to any practicable suggestion; and the poor Librarian,1 with all his defects, is a most obliging good-natured man, eminent for patience, cheerfulness and bibliography, who will rejoice to do for any member, still more for any member like you, whatsoever is really in his power.

Believe me, / My dear Sir / Yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle