January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY ; 9 April 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590409-TC-WMT-01; CL 35: 67-68


Chelsea, 9 April, 1859—

Dear Thackeray,—Thanks for your merry little Note and the two Pens.1 It is like a little pearl of human cheerfulness and friendliness, turning up for one in the dreary wash of commonplace and botheration, whh is one's common lot!—

I have been true as Mitchell's2 own steel to his Pens and him these many years; not even the Pair you sent me to Scotland3 could seduce my faithful hand, for above a day or two. “Letter J” I find to be the right article: “R” I use for addressing Packets. Try these two “J's,” both in slantindicular and perpen-do, they perform well.4

And observe farther, here is a kind of Paper, whh I find the best of many for suiting Mitchell. Try that too: it is made partly of straw;—smooth enough; and bites at the ink with an appetite one likes. “Parkins & Gotto” Stationers;—and I will send you a ream of it whenever you hold up your finger.

Oh that I cd see a gentleman with a sweet smile on his face walking past my table, equipped in the corresponding way!5 But I often think this villainous bottomless confusion (worthless to gods and men) will kill me first.

Adieu dear Thackeray; good luck to you always.

T. Carlyle