July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO WILLIAM MACCALL ; 15 September 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550915-TC-WM-01; CL 30: 66


Addiscombe Farm, Croydon / 15 Septr, 1855—

Dear Maccall,

If I could do anything for a meritorious man, such as I believe Mr Gowanlock1 to be, it would be a real comfort to me: but alas I do not in the least see any way towards bringing any help in his sore distress. Every year I shrink closer into my own poor corner, over my own distracted imbroglio of what I call “work” (which cannot be done); and have less and less concern with the Siege of Sebastopol and the Crystal Palace Millennium. I will keep his case in mind; and if any chance or possibility do occur, you may be certain I will not neglect it. Ballantyne,2 I think, if you reminded him, might be of more practical use: he is one of the helpfullest of human creatures to brethren in distress; and he is always in the thick of business, cognisant of the feasibilities.

It is a very long while since I have seen you now; but I suppose always you will look in upon me some day again. You are slashing away, I can well believe, and at no loss for stuff to your sickle or sword! The harvest, as always, is great, and the labourers are few.3

Wishing you better and better speed in a good course, I remain always

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle