The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO THOMAS ERSKINE ; 5 January 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520105-TC-TE-01; CL 27: 4


Chelsea, 5 jany, 1852—

Dear Mr Erskine,

There was published, about ten years ago, by the Maitland Club, a volume containing all the Authentic notices and documents about our Scotch Hero Wallace; the Author's name I have lost, but he has been recommended to me as careful and exact:—in fine, I am desirous to have a reading of this little volume of his.1 As Maitland-Club Books are not easily accessible here, my thoughts have reverted to your friend Mackenzie,2 and a service of that kind he once did me: the Book might now come from Edinburgh and return safe for a charge of sixpence at each end; so that, if he durst trust me for care and punctuality, this perhaps might be the correct mode of coming at my object. At all events, as you are now near me, I decide to try this first, if you can sanction me. And that is the purport of my writing at present.— If you foresee that Mr Mackenzie may have objections, or that there are objections anywhere,—I need not say in that case, Do nothing. But if you foresee otherwise, then——

I called yesterday afternoon, and had but a dim tho' otherwise favourable account of poor Mrs Paterson.3 We returned early on Friday Evg. I am free always at half-past 2; likewise almost every night, from 7 o'clock and tea-time: let us hope for a speedy meeting on some terms.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle