The Collected Letters, Volume 4


TC TO THOMAS MURRAY; 14 December 1826; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18261214-TC-TM-01; CL 4:169.


Comley Bank, 14th December 1826.

My Dear Murray,

I must not let the day pass without congratulating you on your great purpose, and expressing my truest wishes that all its hopefulness may be realized. You and I have often spoken of marriage, and agreed on its necessity for the well-being of literary as well as other men. From what I know of your circumstances, and the character of your fair Betrothed,1 I can augur no otherwise than well of this event; and certainly I shall welcome you with the right hand of old Friendship into this Land of Matrimony, whither it was your duty to have shown me the road, not learned it of me.

Doubt not that my Jane will be among the first to pay her respects to your Lady; and that the two wives will learn to like each other as the husbands have long done. For the present, she bids me offer you her best wishes, and “she hopes” (do not think!) “that you will be as fortunate in the choice of a wife as I have been”!— Believe me ever,

My Dear Murray, / Most faithfully Your's, /

Thomas Carlyle