October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 17 May 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460517-TC-UC-01; CL 20: 192


Chelsea, 17 May, 1846—

Dear Sir,

The Book I wrote about was Gilfillan's Gallery of Literary Portraits;1 and I am pretty sure there did appear some notice of it in the Westminster Review:2 at all events I understand it has proved what they call a successful Book; going into its second edition &c, and is now able to take care of itself. I have unluckily nothing about me of the nature of Lecture-Books to offer you; and my hand is quite out in the matter of reviewing, this long while: but whenever anything does occur that looks in the least suitable, you may depend on hearing of it. Reviewing seems at present to be at a rather low pass everywhere. More carvers than meat, I suppose,—which is not the condition of a good dinner!—

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle