The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO J. W. PARKER ; 26 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520826-TC-JWP-01; CL 27: 254-255


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan N.B. / 26 Augt, 1852—

My dear Sir,

Mrs Sketchley, a Lady who has already some experience in Literature, and is a person of superior sense, conduct and manners, has now in a state of forwardness a “Religious Novel,”1 which she thinks might be suitable to your line of Publishing. I have not myself seen the Ms.; but my Wife, whose judgement in such things is really good, seems to augur well of it;—and on the whole I may safely request and advise you to take a survey of the piece, and not to reject except after actual examination.— There is no danger of highflown religionism, or bother abt articles and systems; but there will be, if I mistake not, a true piety of disposition visible, and great acquaintance (grounded on many years' experience now) of the world and its ways.

In four or five weeks hence (after a run to Germany, now imminent) I hope to be in London again, and to hear good news of you there,—and even, if the Powers be propitious, to see you soon.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

J. W. Parker Esq, Publisher

West Strand