The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO ARTHUR HELPS; 26 March 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510326-TC-AH-01; CL 26: 49-50


Chelsea, 26 March, 1851—

Dear Helps,

There is no doubt but your story concerning Luther's Käthe (Kate) 1 and the cup for the student,—which they either gave him or regretted that they had not given him (I forget which, but think the former),—is perfectly true; read by me in the Table-Talk, or some equally authentic Book,—tho' I cannot now find the place in my German copy of the Tischreden, as there is no available index; nor I think could you in the English Copy, for a like defect. You may consider the story abundantly well–founded, and safe to use as you have done.

England is actually “pulling the face” you talked of, over that illustrious Lord John; and, I think [will] have to [make i]t longer yet before she fairl[y] get rid of him. Nay this morning the Postman (our substitute for the Times) reports, or seems to report, hurriedly thro' the window, That the Papal Aggression is lost,2—that there will be a new spectacle of the Kings of England all floundering on their belly in the gutters, and with mute despair symbollically asking the mudgods, “What shall we do?” If we add to whic[h] phenomenon this other, That the crystal palace is letting in rain at every pore, and has sappers baling it, and the glaziers wringing their hands:—is it not a cheering aspect of World-History? O Heavens, one could curse, and launch thunder (if one had it), rather than laugh!—

But I am busy, and my time is more than up. A rain as of Noah3 prevails here for the last week or more. Adieu, and tight roofs to you.—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle