The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 22 April 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510422-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 65-66


Chelsea, 22 April, 1851—

My dear Brother,

Three times over I have forgotten to answer you a plain question about that Book of Geometry for the Boys:1 today let me do it before going farther.

Unluckily I have no such Book; I have, witht hope, looked again this morning,and still find none. All my Books of that sort, a whole barrowful of them, were left with one M'Kie a Bookseller at Dumfries, when we removed to London;2 I left them all there; and never could get the colour of money for them, might as well have boiled my kettle with them. Jane's Copy of Lesley,3 too, is lost.

It is a great pity the Boys shd miss this chance of getting a little Geometry, since you are willing to take charge of them! If the want of a Book is all that hinders, it were better to buy them a Book at once: secondhand Leslies or Euclids are probably procurable at Dumfries (I will write today to Jean to try, and to inform you): a new Copy is only some 10 or 12 shillings, and not worth haggling at. Did you look well among the old rubbish of Books at Scotsbrig? Perhaps some Book of Mensuration,—some Hamilton's Arithmetic4 (are they perfectly master of that good art?)—might turn up there. Poor Boys, a little outfit of culture at present may prove very precious to them in times coming.

We have got drowning weather again; very warm, but all one element of mud. Yesterday I walked round by Putney Heath, in waterproof coat and gutta-percha soles; Nero came back shrunk to a mere kimiter, and I myself was very muddy and weary, but bettered too a little. People are out [of]5 Town for Easter just now:6 I hear nothing; want to hear of nothing. “Glass Palace” &c &c are not worth hearing of.— — Take care of my poor Mother; she cannot go out in such an aqueous time as this!— My blessing with you all. Yours ever affectionate

T. Carlyle