candlestick

1826-1828


The Collected Letters, Volume 4


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TC TO FERDINAND WILHELM BECKER; 6 February 1828; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18280206-TC-FWB-01; CL 4:e14.


TC TO FERDINAND WILHELM BECKER

21. Comley Bank, 6th Feby 1828—

My Dear Doctor,

Will you please to accept of this small Lancet-case; and sometimes when you shed human blood in this way, will you think of the unhappy man whose throat you cruelly scarified, and whom by cinnamon-drops of that oleum diaboli, and a thousand cunning practices you nevertheless delivered from that “element of slime,”1 in which he threatened to make shipwreck?

We want much to see you the first hour you have leisure. Mrs C. is playing Kennst du das Land [Knowst thou the land]; but astonishes me much by her criticisms of it.

Believe me always, / Your's most truly, / Thomas Carlyle