The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 8 May 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510508-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 80


Chelsea, 8 May, 1851—

Dear Brother,

In my last Note I spoke of an Icelandic Reading Book, whh if you have it about you you are perhaps preparing to send. I write half a word about it today, in very great haste.— I was yesterday at Williams & Norgate's; and found they had (attainable to me for 6/) a Book of that kind by one Dietrich,1 which has the great advantage of a small grammar and vocabulary (sufficient for itself, one may hope) at the end. Perhaps it is the same Book, a new edition of the same, as the one I asked you about. I did not buy it yesterday; but decided to use a penny-stamp in apprising you of its attainability; and to say that if you even have the Book, and if the Book have not this said grammar and vocabulary, then you are not to mind it farther at all; I will get Dietrich's (no Dictionary of Icelandic, or no tolerable one, is to be had as yet), and Dietrich in the meanwhile will be a decidedly better investment. So much for that affair. Perhaps you have not the Book at all, and cannot guess what Book I have been meaning: in that case the affair will still more readily vanish from your field of meditations!— —

We are just going out to the Exhibition (sorrow on it!), Jane and I having got a ticket from Fuz.— How is my Mother, good Mother! Our weather is greatly improved within these two days. More very soon. With love to all, Yours

T. Carlyle

The first proof of Sterling is come: a sad intricate affair; in which I was vertieft [engrossed] when Jane stept in to announce that it was our hour. Adieu.