1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JAMES MARSHALL; 14 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540714-TC-JMA-01; CL 29: 128-129


Chelsea, 14 july, 1854—

Dear Marshall,

Mr G. H. Lewes, whom I have long known, and whom everybody here knows as an ingenious brilliant, entertaining, highly gifted and accomplished man and writer, will deliver you this little Note in Weimar, where he purposes to rest himself among you for certain weeks, or at least give up his heavier labours in favour of lighter and more genial. He has had on hand this long while, and I believe is far advanced in it, a Life of Goethe:1 what that will mean, in reference to his visit to Weimar, I need not suggest to you. I have promised that you will open all reasonable paths to him in those inquiries, and do for him whatsoever you can in the way of friendly welcome,—which, for his own sake, you will soon find that he well deserves of you. He has a Card of mine for Eckermann;2 Wilson3 he already knows: he speaks German, French like a native; has roamed and read in all directions, ancient and modern, grave and gay; and “has not his tale a-seeking” (as the Scotch say), but on the contrary has it ready, in a pertinent and sprightly form, towards any man on almost any subject. Pray be good to him, all of you, while he sojourns in your old city.

I am not myself in a very victorious condition just at present; health none of the best, work absolutely refusing to move for me at all. However, we must persist; & hope the wheel will gradually turn a little, by good pushing long continued.

Kind regards to all the friends I have in Weimar: you know their names and qualities. If her R. H. the Grand-Duchess Dowager remembers me,4 please to present my respectful homages.— I remain always

Dear Marshall / Yours sincerely

T. Carlyle

James Marshall Esq

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