January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [HENRY COLMAN] ; 21 June 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430621-TC-HCO-01; CL 16: 210-211


Chelsea, Wednesday [21 June 1843]—

My dear Sir,

It will be impossible for anybody to be totally a bore, if you escort him. Pray bring us your white-oak Professor,1 and let us see whether there is no promise of red wood in him! Till Monday Evening, I am incessantly occupied; but then—at the old hour, if you can.

A Mr and Mrs Orville Dewey, from New York, send me down a Note from Emerson, with a request to know when they are to call,— but have omitted to add any address of their own!2 I wish you could find them, and bring them down with you on Monday evening,—or at least make known to them my embarrassment.

Your letters were a most kind gift; and may be very useful to my Brother. Nay they are already useful to him; casting a ray of friendly hope and help over what otherwise, no doubt, looks dark and hostile enough in his notions of it. My good old Mother, to whose affectionate imagination “America” seems a great devouring gulph, would see (this morning, I think), that it is not so; that there are kind brother souls and various good men in America! I owe you many thanks. I know not yet what day my Brother goes, but fancy it must be very soon.

—On Monday Evening; with or without the Deweys!

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

I have read your farm sermon;3 and answered all along “Hear, Hear!”—