1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO JOHN TAYLOR; 6 February 1824; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18240206-TC-JTA-01; CL 3:28.


Kinnaird House, 8th [6?] Feby 1824—

Dear Sir,

I have kept this MS.1 an unconscionable time, for which however I am not without excuses. What is worst, I fear you will think it too long; tho' I have found it impossible to make it shorter, in consistency with preserving any shadow of symmetry between the first portions of the narrative and the last. You must do the best you can with it.

In regard to the proof-sheets, you will be so good as [to] direct them to Edinburgh, whither I am within a few hours of taking my departure. My brother's address is: Mr Carlyle, Student,— Robertson's lodgings, 35. Bristo-street: he will bring them to me.

I am still in good hopes of seeing you and your monstrous city in May. But I am in the most contemptible state of health; and the smoke and tumult and unutterable horrors of the place affright me. Meanwhile believe me always,

Dear Sir, / Most faithfully your's,

Th: Carlyle—