The Collected Letters, Volume 1


TC TO JOHN FERGUSSON; 2 July 1820; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18200702-TC-JOFE-01; CL 1:e2.


Mainhill, 2nd July 1820—

My dear Fergusson,

I have merely one moment's time to tell you that the carrier Farries being in town the day when you receive this note. I shall take it very kindly if you will have the goodness to try if you can get those books exchanged, which I sent you about a forthnight ago. I im[pute] it to the carrier's stupidity or some e[rror] which I cannot rightly understand that I did not hear from you—at least a word or two—last time. Dixon1 is not come; and I long to have your news. Will you ask Waugh2 about that hapless umbrella? In case you do not feel it convenient to go the library—. Be so good as mention this circumstance in your letter—and I shall apply elsewhere. I require, however, a most minute account of your own proceedings. Believe me to be,

Your's most faithfully, /

Thomas Carlyle

(The carrier lodges at Reids', / Candlemaker-row[)]