The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO HENRY COLE ; 14 May 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400514-TC-HC-01; CL 12: 143-144


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 14 May, 1840—

My dear Sir,

Yesterday I called on Mrs Stanley,1 and spoke to her about Garnier.2 She had not before heard of him; Buller,3 I suppose, had spoken only to her Husband. I described, as faithfully as I could, the worth, the honesty, the talent and valour of the man; treating as a light matter his foreign birth, and as a weighty matter his manly endurance of exile and his frank domestication among us; in fine urging, as I could, that he ought to have the place, being fit for it, and for a far better one. The good Lady professed to have “no power” over her Husband in such matters; but heartily promised to do what was possible in it,—to speak with Buller who was coming to dine there that night; to attack Stanley in concert with him; in a word, to try well. She seemed to think that Buller himself, were he zealous enough, might probably prevail. I know not what will come of it; but my augury, on the whole, was rather good. You are behind Buller, I suppose, to flap him if he should become oblivious? I spoke what was true about Garnier, my honest belief about him. I shall be right glad to hear that by one means or another he succeeds in this aim of his.

Nothing has yet been decided about the ulterior fate of these Lectures I am now delivering. There seem to be one or two reporters doing daily their utmost. Fraser had engaged one; whose complete copy of the First Lecture I have now got, and read. It will do nothing for printing; it is like soda-water with the gas out of it. Yet I think it seems nearly made out with me that in some way or other I am to write out these Lectures myself, if not what was said, yet what might and should have been said; and in some fashion to give that still farther forth into the world. There might be about 100 pages of it, pages of your Review.4 I know not if you would persist in offering me at the rate £1 per page for what I might give you as printable in that way; and printing to the extent even of 100 pages the whole at a time? You may tell me, provided your answer, Yes or No, lie quite ready for giving. It is not worth while seeking and studying for an answer. My decision even were your answer Yes, would still be very dubious. The only thing I feel at all certain about, is that this course of lectures ought to be more accurately unfolded, and in some way or other made more accessible to the curious respecting it. Your Review is one way; whether the suitable way for me or not. I am afraid not, in any case. But, as I say, if it be quite easy you may tell me whether the alternative does lie open to me there.

Of course the £100 &c includes the reserved right to myself of publishing the thing, after a due lapse of time, for my own behoof as “Miscellanies” or otherwise.

Believe me always / Yours very truly

T. Carlyle