January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 15 January 1836; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18360115-TC-JHLH-01; CL 8:279-280.


[ca. 15 January 1836]

My Dear Sir,

Yesterday a Gentleman, sympathizing with the late mischance of the London Journal,1 asked me, whether I thought I could, without offense to your feelings, hand you the inclosed little Paper on the part of a Nameless Friend? I answered, after consideration: Yes. The little gift is one of honourable goodwill; which why may not honourable goodwill accept?2 It falls nameless; like a little drop of manna in the wilderness, coming (truly) from Above: a devout heart, I think, may lift it, and say piously, “It is twice blest.”3

If I have gone wrong, I pray you forgive me for the intention's sake. It was part of my bargain that you were never so much as to ask me for the Name; that we were never to speak of the matter at all after this hour.

Believe me always, / My Dear Sir, / Faithfully Your's /

T. Carlyle.