The Collected Letters, Volume 1


TC TO DAVID BREWSTER; 18 May 1820; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18200518-TC-DBR-01; CL 1:e1.


Mainhill, 18th May, 1820.

Dear Sir,

Whilst preparing to send off the manuscript, which you receive herewith, I was favoured with your packet, this morning. Upon glancing at the paper of Mr Mohr, I think it will not be very difficult to have at least the half of it done before the end of May. If along with the proof sheet of Hansteen, you could inclose a frank for the paper on crystallography, I shall immediately return the former and what part of the latter I have finished, at that date—which you will not fail to make the latest possible.1 Most probably I shall have to draw upon Professor Jameson:2 the paper, tho' couched in language sufficiently simple, is at present nearly unintellig[i]ble to me; and I fear will prove so to most part of the public, unless prefaced by some explanation.

I am sorry that the remarks on Hansteen are so very insignificant as I fear you will reckon them. My attention has been dissipated and distracted by a thousand objects. I would have transcribed the paper a third time—for it looks very ill in its present mangled dress—but for the fear of being too late.— I hope to make the next more interesting.

I have yet taken no steps in the affair of Prussia. The gentleman you mention is certainly by far the properest person for such an article and I have abundance of work besides.3

Believe me to be, / Dear Sir, / Yours most sincerely /

Thomas Carlyle

I will thank you to bid the servant put that note into the penny-post-office as soon as convenient. It relates to my books, which the carrier, gone home yesterday, is in danger of forgetting a second time, to bring me.