The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN HARLAND; 18 October 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18511018-TC-JHA-01; CL 26: 210


Chelsea, 18 Octr, 1851—

Dear Sir,

Having been from home during the autumn months, I did not get your Autobiography of Stout1 till lately; and did not complete the reading of it till the night before last. I can now assure you it has not been lost upon me,—but on the contrary has proved a most impressive bit of old grim reading; a face-to-face glimpse of Lancashire 150 years ago, with its old dead thrifts and figures; truly almost a preternatural bit of reading if one read it well! I thank you very much for sending me a copy; which otherwise I might not so soon have got hold of, or heard of, in these loud times.

I am concerned to hear that you never got the Cromwell Supplement.2 I have, this day, charged the Bookseller anew to forward you a Copy by the “first opportunity”: if you do not within two weeks receive that, be so good as let me hear again. If I hear nothing, I shall conclude it is all right.

With many thanks, I remain

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle