The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO OCTAVIAN BLEWITT ; 12 March 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530312-TC-OB-01; CL 28: 69-70


Chelsea, 12th March 1853—

My dear Sir,

The Literary Fund has acted truly like the “good Samaritan” to poor Maccall; and I, for my own part, do heartily thank you and all the Gentlemen concerned in the transaction. It seems to me farther that this liberal and handsome Gift, so promptly and handsomely bestowed,1 may really prove a good investment of Human Charity, and do essential service to a man of merit in distress.

I do not see the Athenaeum Newspaper or hear or know what criticisms are flung at your Institution;2 but I require no ghost or Athenaeum to teach me that actions like the present are of a noble and salutory nature; indispensably necessary, and yet incapable of being done otherwise, as matters stand; I will say therefore: All success to such an Institution; and may neither its resources nor its wisdom to administer them, ever fail it.

To you, for your humanities I owe many special regards;—and remain,

My dear Sir / very sincerely yours /

T. Carlyle

Octavian Blewitt Esq

Secy &c &c