July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 15 November 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18371115-TC-JHLH-01; CL 9:350-351.


[Ca. 15 November 1837]

My dear Sir,

The Italians have a saying “round as the O of” —some Painter, who dashed one off very round indeed at one stroke of his brush. Can you tell me the Painter's name? I need it in some scribble I am doing.1

Likewise, and for a like reason, can you send me the passage of Dante you mentioned to me one day, where he speaks about the toil of his Divine Comedy having made him grey?2— I have a notion to borrow that Copy of Dante again, and go fairly thro' it; having made unexpected way when I had it last.3

Do not trouble yourself much or at all about either of these questions; I can manage without the answers very well, if they do not lie ready.

Finally will you lend me the last Repository?4 There is no use in giving me one; for really the loan of it till I read what you write is altogether equivalent,—especially as I know every copy, and setting of a letter, costs you somewhat.

I have a great deal of cold, have grown half deaf, altogether stupid, and am in a poor cowering way.5 The rule is, as the Scotch say, to “jook (duck), and let the jaw (rushing wave) go by.” An excellent rule. I will see you soon; and hear you, were it with an ear-trumpet.

Ever most heartily yours,

T. Carlyle.