1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 4 October 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541004-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 162


Chelsea, 4 Octr 1854

My dear Brother,

I think this will do very well now; I destroy the other Copy, and send you that back.1 Yesterday I was at the State-Paper Office,—in search into Prussian History, Heaven help me,—I was just going out when your Letter arrived. Today I must go again, and probably a good many days, for the old Despatches proved comparatively instructive; I found Ranke in one ugly error (Convict, beyond doubt), and that apparently no Prussian had ever examined these or an equivalent set of Documents. Raumer indeed has a Book pretending something of the kind; but it is pretence only.2

Today I send you by Post a new No of the New Qy Review (or some such title):3 it is written in a slap-dash reckless manner, and is not worth very much reading,—tho' it may stand a little in an idle hour. I have sent Jean the Fraser and a new No of the Westminster (which is worth looking at, in some Articles, especially the first, on Norse affairs spiritual);4 you will, if you care, find both these lying there when you arrive.

Our weather gets cool; amazingly still, and sometimes rather foggy and subject to showers of “the blacks.” I feel on the whole better since the weather cooled. If I could but get strength enough to hew my way into this jungle of jungles; I do not say thro' it;—or if I could but make faithful use of what fraction of strength and opportunity is and shall be in me!— I expect a Note from you tomorrow or very soon.

Your affectionate brother /

T. Carlyle