April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 13 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490213-TC-JAC-01; CL 23: 233-234


Headley Grove, 13 feby, 1849—

My dear Brother,

Here we are; a charming place, all in perfect readiness and all in utter silence in the bright Spring afternoon: I only seem to wish one had the prospect of living in such a place, which would go on of itself, for seven years to come!

This morning before departure I noticed in Rowsell's Catalogue, a Copy of Whitelocke 2d edition,1 which if it be really the second edition, is dog-cheap: pray go instantly, and if it is correct in that particular, buy it for me. Here is the Leaf of the Catalogue; where, by looking well, you will find the address too.— Second Edition usually sells for £5: be sure to purchase immediately, if this be it,—at 10 shillings! My present Copy (and yours, I suppose) is of 1698? There are many additions in the 2d edition;—and in short buy it, dear Brother, if it be correct; and have it lying ready on friday when I return.

Not a word more; for they are babbling and making a noise round me, I design to go and have a smoke (pipes safe arrived here); then a ride, while the sun is still high; then dinner, and Kemble's Anglosaxons,2 and the general bounties of Heaven as they may come.

Adieu dear Brother. Yours ever affectly

T. Carlyle