January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


CHRONOLOGY; 1981; DOI: 10.1215/ed-08-chronology; CL 8: firstpage-08-xvii-lastpage-08-xviii


January 1835–June 1836

1835 January. Publishes “The Death of Edward Irving” in Fraser's Magazine. John A. Carlyle in Rome “practicing physician to Lady Clare and other patients.” John Mill helpful to Carlyle but “so theoretic a man; I never open myself to him.” Finishes “First part” of The French Revolution.

February. Alexander Carlyle gives up farming at Catlinns. Carlyle drafts a “prospectus” entitled “National Education.” First acquaintance with John Sterling.

March. Accidental burning of the first volume of the MS of The French Revolution while in Mill's possession. Carlyle meets Wordsworth, “essentially a small genuine man.”

April. Carlyle well on with rewriting the first volume of The French Revolution. Jeffrey visits often while he is in London.

May. Carlyle hears of enthusiasm in New England for Sartor Resartus. Jane and Thomas “see a good deal” of Sterling and establish their friendship.

June. Unfulfilled hopes of work connected with a proposed education commission. Jane approves of Sterling's thirteen-page letter of commentary on Sartor which Carlyle had given him to criticize, as the “best that has been said or sung of him.” She is also friendly with Edward and Hester Sterling. Carlyle receives Emerson's invitation to lecture in America on “any subject.” Erasmus Darwin visits Cheyne Walk for the first time. Carlyle, because of John's expected return from Italy and the work on his book, decides against America this winter.

July. He is disappointed to learn that John will not return from Europe for two months. Sees the Duke of Wellington and William IV. Alexander begins considering emigration to N. America.

August. Jane learns Italian from Clementina degli Antoni and has servant problems. Her mother arrives at Chelsea for a stay of twelve weeks. John Sterling and family move to Bayswater.

September. Jane has three days near Watford with Hester Sterling. Carlyle finishes rewriting vol. I of The French Revolution. They become friendly with George Craik through Susan Hunter.

October. Carlyle leaves for a month in Scotland. John finds medical employment in Munich for the winter. Mill, Pepoli, Garnier, and all the Sterlings visit Jane and her mother in Carlyle's absence.

November. Carlyle returns to Chelsea with new maid, Ann Cook of Annan.

December. Continues work on second volume of The French Revolution. Sees John Sterling often.

1836 January. Leigh Hunt's London Journal fails. Thornton Hunt unsuccessfully attempts Jane's and Thomas's portraits. Carlyle interested in Chair of Astronomy at Glasgow.

February. Carlyle refuses editorship of the Staffordshire Examiner. Visits the Hicksons in Kent with Mill.

FebruaryMarch. Mill wants articles from Carlyle for London Review, which is about to combine with the Westminster Review. Carlyle offers the “Diamond Necklace.”

March. Janet Carlyle marries Robert Hanning and moves to Manchester. Both Mill and Sterling ill.

April. Carlyle meets Robert Browning at Leigh Hunt's. John Carlyle returns to London. Second volume of The French Revolution finished. Publication of Sartor Resartus in Boston.

March–June. Carlyle joins in unsuccessful efforts to get a pension for Hunt.

June. Writes “Mirabeau” for Mill who returns the “Diamond Necklace.” Jane invited to Paris by the elder Sterlings.