candlestick

July 1847-March 1848


The Collected Letters, Volume 22


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TC TO JAMES WOTHERSPOON ; 11 August 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470811-TC-JWO-01; CL 22: 32-33


TC TO JAMES WOTHERSPOON

Matlock Bath / August 11, 1847.

DEAR SIR

I received your letter before leaving Chelsea, and write you here a hasty word of acknowledgment for it.1 The sympathy of a sincere man, of which sort I have reason to believe my present correspondent, is always valuable to a man; and the more so in my case, as for most part, the proffered ‘sympathy’ which comes to the like of me, from distant quarters, is too closely discernible as false, and a mere pruriency from the skin outward; not valuable, but distressing to a man!

Continue to live and work, like a silent lover of Wisdom, manfully, and modestly, and valiantly, by the roar of your beautiful blue sea (which I once knew well, and still love);—and continue your relation with me, which is a genuine one, so long as you can.

With many very kind wishes, I subscribe myself

Yours sincerely,

T. CARLYLE.