April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO PATRICK ROBERTSON ; 13 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480613-TC-PR-01; CL 23: 48-49


Chelsea, 13 june, 1848—

Dear Lord Robertson,

Thanks for the Packet you have sent me, which is very welcome in more ways than one;—acceptable not only as a mark of your remembrance, but also as the first notice I get of a salutary, just, and most important decision of a social question in which all good Scotchmen take interest. I go wholly with you,—so far as I have legs to go on such a matter,—in your reading of those old Acts, and application of them to present wants; and I cannot but sincerely wish and hope your judgement may be affirmed decisively by the Inner House,1 and become valid among us, and recognised universally as the Law of the Land.2 It will save the passing of a new Act, with perhaps much agitation and confusion attendant thereon, if it do: for indisputably enough, that is the Law of the Universe (in some small measure,—that, till we get more!)—and if it be not the Law of Scotland, it is pity!— — I shall be anxious to hear what the Inner House resolves upon; and if, when the time comes, you happen to have any waste Newspaper or other as convenient monitor beside you, and can goodnaturedly remember me and my desires so far, I shall be thankful for such tidings,—which otherwise might linger on their way hither.

We were sorry not to see you again; but hope it will not be long till you revisit these regions, perhaps with more leisure on your hands. My wife,—mindful of the “Hydrastisy,”3 and other sublime considerations out of old times,—will be very sorry to be absent a second time when you call.

Believe me / Dear Lord Robertson / Sincerely Yours

T. Carlyle