The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN EDMUND READE; 27 November 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18511127-TC-JER-01; CL 26: 244


Chelsea, 27 Novr, 1851—

Dear Sir,

I have received your two beautiful Volumes;1 and beg to return you many thanks for that distinguished mark of your goodness to me.

Many of these Poems were already, in an earlier shape, known to me; nor had the Author, or his strenuous endeavours after excellence in art, been “forgotten,” but on the contrary was well remembered, and is like to be. Of one thing you may make yourself very certain: No true endeavour after excellence can by possibility be lost; and the correct sum of every man's true endeavours will in the long run be paid him as success, whatever other men may think or say about it. This is the law for every soul of us, in Art or elsewhere; we shall get no more, and we shall be offered no less: which, in the loud rumblings of a world not over-wise for most part, ought to be a source of great composure to us.— — — —

Believe me always

Yours with many thanks & regards

T. Carlyle

John Edmund Reade Esq / &c &c