The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 18 July 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530718-TC-UC-01; CL 28: 207


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 18 july, 1853—

Dear Sir,

Please to accept many thanks for the Book you have given me, and very many more for the human goodwill you are never weary of expressing towards me in this and other ways. I should be a strange specimen of humanity if these things had not a value to me, did not secure some human gratitude from me!—

The Book, I perceive, is full of solid healthy sense; honest piety, sagacity, goodnature; qualities which I can recognise, and need no precept to esteem, whatsoever vesture they put on: like all hearty sincere Books, it carries (elswhere than on the titlepage) its date, both of place and time;—and truly I can welcome it into the world, as a neighbour likely to be useful there, whether it agrees with me and the poor notions I have got to about the world, or altogether (at least on the surface)—agrees with me and them! This, I assure you, is the truth.

I cannot flatter myself it would repay you to come so far for the sake of seeing me; but if you did at any time, it could not be other than welcome to me.

And so, with many thanks,

I remain, / Dear Sir,

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle