1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE; 2 March 1824; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18240302-TC-AC-01; CL 3:39-40.


Edinburgh, 1 Moray Street, / 2d March 1824.

… With regard to my home-coming, I have been of various minds. … I at last hit on this expedient. I am to translate and print the first two volumes of the book; and whenever these are finished, I set off for home; there to translate the third, and not to trouble Edinburgh with my presence till this is ready for the press. It can after that be printed in ten days; and I get it managed as I pass through the place here, on my way to London. This at last has been agreed to by all parties. I am accordingly very busy getting my part of it done: I translate ten pages daily; at which rate, I shall be through my allotted task and ready to start for the country somewhat less than three weeks after the present date. Whether or not the Printers will be ready then is another question: but on the whole, you may count on seeing me come down before the beginning of April, to stay about a month. I am as anxious on the subject as any one of you; Mainhill is associated in my mind with ideas of peace and kindness and health of body and mind, such as I do not elsewhere enjoy.

Beyond the circle of my books and papers, I have nothing to do with this heartless and conceited place: I have called on no man since I came within the walls of it; and I care no jot if on turning my back on it three weeks hence, I should never see the vain and hungry visage of it any more. I must call on Brewster to settle accounts; old Dr. Fleming I ought also to see, for the sake of some emblem of kindness I experienced from him; Dr. Gordon also, if I have time; and then my circle of visits will be concluded. There is one Pearse Gillies,1 an advocate here, who knows of me, and whom I am to see on the subject of this book; he being a great German Scholar, and having a fine library of books, one or two of which I wish to examine. …