April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO CHARLES KINGSLEY; 1 May 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490501-TC-CK-01; CL 24: 40-41


Chelsea, 1 May, 1849—

My dear Sir,

The Volume you announce to me does not yet arrive;1 of which fact, lest there be any permanent mistake, I find it safest to apprise you. The Volume when it does come to hand, you may depend on it, will be kindly received,—welcomed with thanks to you for it, and for all your friendly feelings towards me. Furthermore if it do not come in a couple of weeks, depend on hearing from me again. And pray come and see me, according to promise, when you are next at the Rectory,2—which, especially by the Garden door, is a mere step from us, any evening or afternoon.

Your Writings, in the present state of all affairs general and special, give me many emotions for you. One precept I am surely very safe in inculcating: Be cautious, take care of yourself,—above all things, Festina lente [Make haste slowly]!3 The English Church is a strange place for a man with your ideas to find himself in; very strange indeed, and difficult enough, according to my computations of it.4 But in all “places,” in the most complicated and dislocated and even distracted “place,” surely the presence of a brave man, if he can maintain his footing there is like to be beneficent both for the place and for us! None can more cordially wish you Good-speed than I do.

Very sincerely yours /

T. Carlyle

A Radical Printer5 sends me today some “Tracts,” very unexpectedly manufactured “for the Times!” Of which accept here a sample.