August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO J. A. MILSAND; 24 December 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461224-TC-JAMI-01; CL 21:119.


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea London, 24 Decr, 1846—

Dear Sir,

I have to acknowledge with thanks a friendly Packet from you, consisting of a Cahier of the Révue Indépendante, with a very kind Note, to introduce me to a Criticism of my Writings you have published there,1 which also is of very kind tenor. The Packet did not arrive till two days ago; owing to some accident which Mr Russell,2 the Bearer of it, has politely taken the trouble to explain. Accept many thanks for your friendly regard to me in these matters; and my assurance that your message was was very welcome when it did come.

I have read the Criticism with attention; have found it indeed to merit much more attention than such things usually do. It is evidently the production of an earnest, ingenuous, ardent and true-hearted man; singularly open to foreign ideas, and prompt to recognise with enthusiasm whatsoever he finds of Universal and Humane in the tendency of them. A rare character among reviewers and men! The image you have formed of me may well deserve looking at, while so many others do not; both when you assent and when you differ, there arise true sources of interest, and all manner of profitable sympathies and reflexions. I think I may further congratulate you on a very superior knowledge of the English language, a perfect knowledge so far as here appears;—in notice of which, and of other nobler qualities visibly combined with it, I will augur essential services, of the international sort, as you proceed in your career.

It will give me pleasure to see more of your writings, such as Time and the good Opportunities may bring to light. I will bid you go on and prosper. With many good wishes, with many thanks and regards

I remain

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle

To M. Milsand