January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT ; 23 July 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420723-TC-AJS-01; CL 14: 233-234


Chelsea, 23 july, 1842—

My dear Sir,

Thanks for your Letter; for the news of yourself, and the kind message from your Brother.1 I have by no means given up the hope of seeing Woolwich again this summer; but am somehow grown to be a most sedentary sequestered kind of character, altogether averse to motion, especially motion thro' crowded thoroughfares: I often enough do not so much as see London, except from my back-windows, once in the week; but prefer the dim lanes hereabouts, walking owl-like in the twilight only. Somebody asked, “If I was working very hard?” I had to answer, “Idling very hard”; which is the mournful fact. Pray come and see.

Here are certain Prusso-Pusey or Anti-Pusey matters, just received, which I send to you; I have not yet read them: I only know that Marheinecke, one of the writers, is “a considerable of a blockhead,” as the Yankees say.2

Pray remember us very kindly to Mrs Scott.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle