October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO C. G. DUFFY ; 25 October 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451025-TC-CGD-01; CL 20: 35-36


Chelsea, 25 Octr, 1845—

My dear Sir,

Will you accept of this Book1 from me, which probably you have already examined, but may put now on your shelves as a symbol of regards that will not be unwelcome to you.

For a good while past, especially in late weeks during a rustication in Scotland, I have read punctually your own part, or what I understand to be such, of the Nation Newspaper; and always with a real sympathy and assent. There reigns in that small-type department a manfulness, veracity, good sense and dignity, which are worthy of all approbation. Of the much elsewhere that remains extraneous to me, and even afflictive to me, I will here say nothing. When one reflects how, in the History of this World, the noblest human efforts have had to take the most confused embodiments, and tend to a beneficent eternal goal by courses they were much mistaken in,—why should we not be patient even with Repeal! You I will, with little qualification, bid persevere and prosper; and wish all Ireland would listen to you more and more. The thing you intrinsically mean is what all good Irishmen, and all good men, must mean; let it come quickly, and continue forever. Your coadjutors also shall persevere, under such conditions as they can; and grow clearer and clearer according to their faithfulness in these.

My Wife, while I was absent, received a little Book2 from you, with much thankfulness; and answered with light words, she says, in profound ignorance of the great afflictions just then lying heavy on you, which had made such a tone very inappropriate!3 Forgiveness for this:—you may believe always that there is a true sympathy with you here, a hearty goodwill for you here.

When you come to London again, fail not to let us see you. If I ever visit Ireland, yours is a House I will seek out.

With many wishes and regards / Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle