January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT ; 27 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430127-TC-AJS-01; CL 16: 36-37


Chelsea, 27 jany, 1843—

Dear Scott,

Many thanks for Dunlop; thanks also for your hint of this morning, which I understand!

I investigated forthwith, with much satisfaction, the “attempt to cut Oliver down”; a valiant and very honest attempt on the part of our good John,—tho' the rope proves a little toughish for him, good man!1

I did not write straightway in answer; because I had to be in Lewisham in a few days, and hoped to get across to Woolwich with the thing in my pocket as I returned. Alas, at Lewisham I found myself “seven miles of intimate country” from Plumstead;2 with a sleep-less night close in the rear of me, and a thing they call lumbago, as if the Tigre National3 had struck his claws into my back: I was totally inadequate for Woolwich that day! I wrapt up the printed leaves, and laid them in the shelf with your address; hoping you might call soon; and now, failing that, here under the escort of your two blue stamps they return to you.

Do not fail to come and see me whenever you get to Town. I will see Woolwich too before very long.

I am writing a kind of “Tract for the Times,” of some extent, not in the Pusey vein.4 Wish me well thro' it.

The Maker of this Universe was wise,
He plann'd all Souls, all Systems, worlds and Particles;
The great Groundplan he used from end to end
Was the Revd Newman's Nine-and-thirty Articles!5


Adieu, dear Scott,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle