October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JOHN GREIG ; 20 June 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460620-TC-JG-01; CL 20: 212-213


Chelsea, London, 20 june 1846—

My dear Sir,

Here has a new edition of the Book on Cromwell come out; of which, as it contains a good few additions, there will soon be an American Reprint: but I think you will like better to posses a British Copy at first hand;1 wherefore I have troubled you with this,—tho' I doubt it has a long way to travel after I have laid it down for you at New York, where my tether ends. I must also be indebted to you for forwarding this Parcel, by some good conveyance, to my Brother Alexander (Bield, near Brantford, Hamilton, Upper Canada): the last Parcel of that kind I sent by Montreal, and it made a very bad progress by that route. On the other hand, a Book you once before took charge of for him was most successfully conveyed. You need not frank the Article, this time; only put it on a sure route!—

We have exceedingly hot weather here; of which for the harvest's sake there must be no complaint for us. We are just finishing our Anti-Corn-Law Bill too; Peel still victorious, in spite of the world;—and shall hope to be a little better supplied with bread in years coming! The Potatoes, many think, are going to leave us: but if we get Hominy and good Maize Bannocks2 from you, we shall never complain. Potatoes, I think, except it be quadrupling the number of Irishmen in the world, have never done very much for us.— Peel is at present the centre of huge clamours and factious jargonings; but in the eyes of impartial rational persons, whose opinion does always become that of the Country at large one day, he has done himself immense credit by this courageous procedure of his

My Wife and I both suffer much from this fierce heat; she in particular: we must get away into shady places without delay. We think of going Northward; perhaps I shall persuade her into Scotland itse[l]f3 this year. She sends you and Mrs Greig her kindest salutations. Good be with you always.

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle

[JWC's postscript]

Kind love to you and Mrs Greig—