April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO [KATHERINE ERSKINE?] ; 24 November 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441124-TC-KE-01; CL 18: 274-275


Chelsea, London, 24 Novr / 1844—

Dear Madam,

I had the honour yesterday to receive a very kind letter from you; for which I am bound to return many acknowledgements. Of Mr Scheffer I unluckily do not know much, except his Print of Mignon which I have seen in the shop-windows here, and now find very vividly re-engraved in my own head withal.1 If I ever come again to Paris, certainly I shall not forget that so kind an Invitation has been given me.

That a friend of yours2 thinks of translating some of my poor Books, in the hope doubtless that the French Nation also might like to become acquainted a little with them, cannot be otherwise than agreeable to me. But whether my fair critic's hope in that respect is in the least well-grounded, I cannot judge; nor if so, which Work were likely to be the suitablest for her and her People. The Work she herself likes best, and feels ablest for, this I should compute would be the probablest in her hands for being liked by the French Public too: and which of them this may be, she of course is the most competent of all persons to judge.

With many thanks, many good wishes and regards,

I remain, / Dear Madam, / Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle