The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 14 August 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510814-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 129-130


Malvern, 14 Augt, 1851—

Dear Brother,—I decide today that I had better send this wandering Parcel back by post, and so put a conclusion to it. If you have already got another Copy, very well;—then proceed with this straightway according as I shall now describe. If you have not got another Copy, then probably it will be necessary or expedient for you and A. Sterling to read this before you do anything else with it. But, one way or other, with needful delay or without delay, the thing to be done with it is this: Get it joined to the other sheets which you already have, and make a Binder do it up in boards with all speed after which send it hither direct; the Misses Gully want to read it before it go to Scotsbrig. This, with a loss of about 3/6 for Robson's blunder, will set the matter where it was; and so we shall have it off our hands with brevity, which is something. If, as is probable if you have ordered it, you get, either now or in a day or two, another Copy of the Book, you can give that altogether to A. Stg— No! you had better get that boarded too, and send it on to Scotsbrig, as the other will probably be detained here. And so let us end,—with my malison on all blunders!— — I had an immense ride yesterevening, by Madresfield,1 thro' intricate solitary lanes, almost to the environs of Worcester: Dr G. is away these two days, and only returns tonight. I believe I am really progressing, tho' I cannot yet sleep to any purpose. I work all day, like a Turk, “at gathering health”: this of itself, independently of water, is a great fact, and must have results.— — Write to me; and I will answer at greater length. Ever yours

T. Carlyle