1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN CHAPMAN; 18 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540718-TC-JCH-01; CL 29: 132-133


Chelsea, 18 july, 1854—

My dear Sir,

I do not see any chance of my getting into the review line again, at the present time. Far too busy otherwise; and needing, above all things, to stick close by what I have on hand,—or alas hitherto, “would fain have on hand”: that is the truer phrase!

If there do arise anything fitted or demanding to be uttered in the review manner, you shall certainly hear of it:—but I ought perhaps to say withal, the very prices you pay (30 per cent below what I refused to work under, and always was wont to be paid, 20 years ago, in the Edinr &c) would be a sufficient prohibition of me from the Westminster,—except in cases of aggravated heterodoxy or the like, which I have no disposition towards, if I can help it.—

Your last No seemed to me fully better than any prior one: the Wolsey very good;1 also the hand of Mr Moir (as it seemed to me, in the Minor-Article department) beneficially conspicuous.2 Go on and prosper.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle