The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOHN GLEN ; 4 September 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530904-TC-JOGL-01; CL 28: 258-259


Chelsea, 4 Septr, 1853—

My dear Sir,

I need not tell you I am heartily glad at this finish of our affair; I had begun of late to be quite impatient for the end of it, and not without misgivings now and then which, however, I rebuked as imaginary and hypochondriacal merely. Everything is well that ends well!

On the whole, this annual £50 is just about the best I ever steadily expected: once I spoke of £70 to an official person, but was answered in vehement protest. Let us take it thankfully; and long long may the good Mrs Glen live to get benefit of it!

I have written to the Duke of Argyll about the Gift Mrs Glen proposes, which seems a very handsome and appropriate one; as the Duke is probably in the Highlands, or one knows not where, there can be no answer for a week or so; but it is not likely the answer can be negative when it does come. My own Copy of the Persian Book, tho' I cannot read it, shall be precious to me.1 So soon as the Duke's answer reaches me, you shall hear again; and may then forward both the Books to me;—any Edinr Bookseller can send them to London in his Parcel without inconvenience; or if there be difficulty, then do you inquire for Menzies, Chapman & Hall's Edinr Publisher.2

Mrs Glen is quite right in regard to the Duke of Argyll's influence and benevolent diligence in the matter now achieved; but Lord Breadalbane &c &c spoke, and indeed everybody was very kind so far as his means went. We will thank everybody,—and Heaven, above all, and inclusive of all!— Yours sincerely

T. Carlyle