July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO [JOHN BULL?]; 6 May 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370506-TC-JBU-01; CL 9:202.


Chelsea, Saturday [6 May 1837?]—

My dear Sir,

I return you kind thanks for your kind Letter to me. I was much surprised to see your face listening there that day. Had I guessed beforehand that such a thing would bring you down from Kilburn at such an hour, surely you had not needed to pay for coming, as now you unfortunately have. “Dogs should not bite dogs,” the Proverb says. If I ever lecture again in your neighbourhood, you shall have free ingress if no other have. Pray continue to hear me patiently: I really will try to do a little better.

Here is a copy of a thing I wrote not long since,1 which perhaps you have not seen. I do not bind you to read it, much less to speak of it or write of it; but I do to receive it as a testimony of my true regard for you. Courage, Courage! Let us hold on as men and German Saxons ought. It is written, and is infallible: “In due time ye shall reap if ye faint not.”2

Yours, my dear Sir, / with great sincerity, /

T. Carlyle.