October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO MACVEY NAPIER; 8 April 1832; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18320408-TC-MN-01; CL 6:145-146.


Templand, Thornhill, 8th April, 1832.

My Dear Sir,

As I affect now and then to pride myself on punctuality, it is no small mortification to be so palpably behind time in that little tacit engagement with you about the Cornlaw Rhymer. I was detained in London two weeks beyond my [calc]ulation; and have been travelling ever since yesterday gone a fortnight!

One thing, however, I have now resolved upon: I sit down here tomorrow morning at my desk, and stir not from it till my piece of work is completed: so that, on this day two weeks, if you have still room for some twelve or fourteen pages on the Sheffield Radical,1 they shall be ready for you; if not they will wait till next Number; and in any case my conscience is relieved. I write to inform you of this; and that the Address is once more “Craigenputtoch, Dumfries,” as of old.

The death of Goethe, which I heard of last night, is for me a very sad and great event. Not to be mourned over, but to be viewed with reverence, with solemn awe. “How beautifully sinks that summer sun! So dies a Hero; glorious; to be worshipped!”2——

I am in great haste, and always,

My Dear Sir, / very truly your's /

T. Carlyle

This Paper might and perhaps will be ready sooner: but that “fourteen days” is what we call certain.