October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO ARTHUR HELPS ; 10 March 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570310-TC-AH-01; CL 32: 100-101


Chelsea, 10 March, 1857—

Dear Helps,

I heartily congratulate you on getting so massive a new Piece of the Sysiphus Rock rolled up, and fairly laid at rest on the top of the hill!1 I will read your new volume; and I have no doubt it will be with the old pleasure: but that, or all men's reading and applauding, or not reading and even hissing, is (if I may judge by my own sad feelings) a small matter in comparison with the above most important fact,—which is indisputable to critics.

Oh Heavens, yes certainly if I ever live across this horrid vortex of the jingling infinitude of Prussian sand and marine-stores (which fact seems often problematic to me), I do certainly intend to recreate myself at Vernon Hill:2 but all that is yet—God knows how far!

Pity me, pray for me; and accept many thanks, congratulations good auguries, and old and new regards.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle