The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO SARAH AUSTIN ; 30 January 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410130-TC-SA-01; CL 13: 27


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 30 jany 1841—

Dear Mrs Austin,

I called, the other day, partly for the purpose of urging your benevolent diligence about Cochrane and the Librarianship. There is some danger that a commonplace Bookseller's-shopman1 be preferred to him: he is “too good for the place,” say some,—meaning one cannot well see what, if not a blockheadism, perhaps too common in these days! Pray use all diligence. You can secure Empson, I think?2 Lewis, is he already secured?3——

If Mr Austin would write, to any members of the Committee whom he may know, the things he was saying to me the other day,—it could not but have weight. He was too unwell, or I would have introduced myself to try if I could persuade him. I hope he is better now.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle