August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOHN RUTHERFURD RUSSELL ; 21 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580621-TC-JRR-01; CL 33: 246-247


Chelsea, 21 June 1858

My dear Sir,

Accept many thanks for the elegant volume you have sent me entitled contributions to medical literature:1 which arrived 3 or 4 days ago; and the greater part of which, to my own astonishment I have already read with real pleasure and instruction during what leisure there has been. With the technicalities I endeavour to make shift: and in the general strain of the discourse there is so much candour, ingenuity lucidity, & in fine so much humour sense and gracefulness, that I have been led along as I say; and indeed there appears to me a likelihood that all the house will read this volume, and be benifited by so doing.2 I am much gratified by such a gift from you, precious both intrinsically & otherwise. I saw your brother3 not very long since; but it is many a year since you have made appearance here! If ever you are in town4 why not make an attempt on Chelsea too, so long as I am forthcoming?

I have been for the last two years, & indeed for many years previous overwhelmed in such a chaos of contemptible rubbish (Prussian sand, great part of it) as I never had to deal with in my life before. Many a time I have thought I shd never get out of it alive Nevertheless, by the bounty of Heaven, here I am, got to a kind of actual Halfway House and fairly at liberty to run to Scotland for a little rest in these very sultry days, which is extremely needful to me, as matters stand. With many thanks & regards I am always yours truly

T. Carlyle