April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JAMES BALLANTINE ; 10 September 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440910-TC-JBA-01; CL 18: 197-198


Chelsea, 10 Septr, 1844—

Dear Sir,

I would very gladly do anything I could to assist you: accordingly I wrote with considerable minuteness to Mr Moxon, the only Publisher, known to me, who at all deals in Poetry. His answer, unhappily in the negative, is now here. I do not at present see what farther to attempt. All rhyme everywhere is considered as a questionable business by our Publishers: and indeed, tho' Poetry can properly never go out, yet versified Poetry is in these times justly held in suspicion. If you persist in your Enterprise, I should consider that Edinburgh might be your best place of publication; where already you have a Public favourably disposed to you.1

With many wishes that you may be well guided, and draw instruction alike from disappointment and from success,2

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle