The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO [THORNTON HUNT?] ; 30 November 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18391130-TC-TH-01; CL 11: 219


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 30 Nov, 1839—

My dear Sir,

I have compared your Friend's Translation1 with the Original, so far as my haste would admit. Grammatically he seems to have understood his Author, which as English Translations go is something; and even poetically here and there, there is some feature of him given. For the rest he is not very close; and, curious enough, in that half of the Poem where the fetters of the rhyme are flung off altogether, he is the least so. His Translation is not by any means without worth; he might with good hope prosecute that department if his mind decidedly called him to it.

How is your father? I mean to call and see for myself one of these nights.

With many kind regards

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle