April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT; 26 November 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18481126-TC-AJS-01; CL 23: 161


Chelsea, 26 Novr, 1848—

Dear Scott,

We listened with pride and pleasure to your Discourse yesterday:1 a manful, ingenious, wise and brave Discourse,—with plenty of fire in its belly, cleverly tempered to the shorn (Cockney) lamb;2—in a word by far the best Lecture I ever chanced to hear in any College whatever. Craik (Pictorial-History Craik),3 my Brother and I,—with whom I suppose the whole audience would agree,—are unanimously of opinion that the Lecture should be printed, as likely to produce a real effect in many benighted thick-skinned regions, and be useful to yourself in your new function, and to all the world in a direct or indirect manner. This is the practical purport of my writing at present: you will of course be guided by the feasibilities, proprieties &c of the case as it stands before your own eyes; but this our united view of it from the outside I wished you also to be possessed of.

On the whole I consider the auguries to be good; and discern plain capabilities in your new place and you of giving birth to something which will well deserve to be christened by and by! Courage, Patience, and Good Luck to you always!4

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle