August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO R. W. LANDIS; 9 June 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470609-TC-RWL-01; CL 21:226.


Ch[elsea, Wednesday, 9 June] 1847—

Dear Sir,

Your Letter concerning the Book on Oliver Cromwell reached me, some time ago. I have marked, on the margin of the Lord Protector's Speech, that little correction of ‘Rome’ for ‘Corinth’; whereby it may stand ready for any Third Edition, if needful.1 The other addition you sugg[ested has, along w]ith many others, as you may perhaps find, been already introduced. That pretended “Speech to the Long Parliament” (in Annual Register for 1767) is an evident Forgery,—if indeed the modern Author ever meant his readers to take it as genuine.

Your sympathy with the Hero of this Book clearly displays itself to me as differing much, in point of depth and reality, from that of many persons who write to me on the subject,—whose idle words it is, in general, not profitable to answer. If we do lo[ve] such a man, let us try to resemble him; try, each in his sphere, to imitate, to emulate him! That is possible for us, in all spheres; perhaps in the lowest more readily than in the highest. That is the one response his great Life mutely demands from all of us; and other responses have, as it were, no reference to it, but pass on elsewhither as a kind of sorrowful futility.— — I welcome cordially the assent of an earnest man; and, wishing you many days of strenuous manful labour, among the contradictions and confusions, wherein doubtless you too are involved while on Earth,

Remain / very sincerely yours

T. Carlyle

Revd R. W. Landis