April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO SAMUEL BROWN ; 20 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480620-TC-SB-01; CL 23: 57


Chelsea, 20 june, 1848—

My dear Sir,

We shall be happy to make acquaintance with Mrs Crowe, whenever she so pleases to honour us. The Lady is well known to us by report, and my Wife is specially cognisant of several of her Books:—a lady of whom many good testimonies from the Edinburgh quarter reach us here.1— Accordingly, it seems, the meeting is to take effect on Thursday first; and Emerson is to be the harbinger; a result which shall be very welcome. This matter, therefore, is settled.

I wish you had told me something about your own history past and prospective; which I never cease to take an interest in, tho' it is somewhat dim and vague to me in these late times. Your old aim, I understand in general, continues still as a fixed polestar with you; which gives me assurance at least that the first condition of manful existence is not wanting to you.2 What can I say but, Persist, persist! Be open to new light, to hard lessons which we all need here; but be shut to new discouragements and foolish darknesses and dustclouds, which are lessons not from the Eternal Destinies but from the insignificant Temporary Accidents: the loyalest man is he that will best discriminate between the two; and on all of us it is incumbent to run with patience the race the race set before us!3———

Believe me / Dear Sir / Yours very sincerely always

T. Carlyle