January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


TC TO JOHN BOWRING; 11 July 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18310711-TC-JOBO-01; CL 5:300-301.


Craigenputtoch, Dumfries, 11th July, 1831.

My Dear Sir,

Accept my best acknowledgements for your kindness to that Nibelungen Essay; which I now see admitted into public existence; and even to an upper place in the Synagogue,1 tho' I fear, it is far from meriting such dignity. The Paper is harmless, but contains nothing or very little. I now write (counting on your frankness) to say that it will be a considerable convenience (as I find today) if you could be so good as remit what trifle of Payment your Booksellers reckon due for the Article, into the hands of my Brother, “Dr Carlyle, 16. Caroline Street, Bedford Square.” Perhaps I am somewhat premature in this so prompt demand for wages: but if so, you will readily pardon me, for a small point is to be gained thereby, and even a duty to be discharged.

Your promised Letter, which would have been so welcome, still lingers. However, I expect in a few weeks to be in London myself, and shall then use all diligence to see you, and communicate face to face about many things.

Our wondrous Saint-Simonian Friends are making great way; converts in every direction. Their Sermons, it must be admitted, are monotonous enough; already almost as wearisome as our Parish Church ones. Nevertheless, so unfurnished is the general Heart and Head, at this epoch, I should not be much surprised if the New Religion (as it is pleased to name itself) gained very universal acceptance among the Young; who again, in their turn, become the Old.2 One comfort is that enter where it may, it is like to cast out seven Devils worse than itself.

Believe me always, / My Dear Sir, / Yours with great Truth, /

Thomas Carlyle.