April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO WILLIAM MACCALL ; 5 August 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480805-TC-WM-01; CL 23: 89-90


Chelsea, 5 Augt, 1848—

My dear Sir,

Here is a Note which you can at any time present to Mr Parker,1 with whatever Manuscript you may wish to make trial of in that quarter. If when your Paper is ready, you consider that another form of Introductory Note might be more suitable, pray apply to me freely again. That, or any other modest service I could render you, is much your due from me.— — If Parker (which I hope will not be the case) do after all reject your first Ms., you are by no means to be discouraged; endeavour to gather from him, by all the inspection you can muster, what it is that he objects to in your Paper; there is light for a brave man in every such rejection, even in a stupid one, which Parkers's is by no means likely to be: he that would live in Rome, it will infallibly be good that he know what the Pope thinks of him, whatever he may think of the Pope!

Did you ever think of America as a field? A man has liberty to preach (I mean by word of mouth) much beyond what the pulpits, of any complexion, will concede to him in this country. I spoke with Emerson about you in that point of view: he did not seem to think it quite unhopeful; wished you could get a fair trial made,—“six months in the country with merely your staff in your hand”;—after which, if the auguries were fair, a comfortable settlement, and good success every way, were possible enough.

We do not expect to leave Town till September; I am generally at home and disengaged in the evenings.

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle