The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 10 January 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520110-TC-JAC-01; CL 27: 9-10


Chelsea, 10 jany, 1852—

Dear Brother,

There is nothing in M'Queen's offer to alter the decision I had already arrived at.1 If the Farm, in the opinion of good judges, is £20 below the usual rate of the country (or even decisively too low at all), of course we must attempt to get the due rent for it, or convince ourselves that we cannot get it.— Let Mr Adamson, therefore, advertise at once, and with vigour, in all the Newspapers, as I suppose there is now no time to be lost.2

M'Queen's offer about the House does not seem very reasonable: it was always reckoned that he had the House (which is quite superfluous for the uses of the Farm) without rent, and that the value of the Field was about £10, more or less. The Game being worth £5 or so, he wd appear at this rate to enjoy the Farm for a real rent of £155 minus the Field. However, as there is little or no likelihood of our ever coming actually to want the House, his offers in that respect may be considered theoretical rather than practical, and cannot be of much importance.

The dubious point to me is, whether there is now time for a fair trial of advertising? But as the option is still left me in Mr Adamson's Letter, I consider there still must be, as I am ignorant otherwise.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

To Dr Carlyle