The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO WILLIAM ALLINGHAM ; 27 September 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530927-TC-WA-01; CL 28: 278


Addiscombe Farm, 27 Septr 1853—

My dear Sir,

I enclose you the Note for Newman;1 and shall sincerely wish you may get some good of it, and of the somewhat questionable enterprise you have in view. On that latter head I will say no more; having already perhaps said too much. I perceive you greatly exaggerate the advantages derivable from College Lectures in these times, and do not value at anything like its real amount the solid privilege of being economically independent, and left free to attend the “Lectures” you might give yourself (on far better than academical subjects) on such tolerable terms! No man can be made wise, except by his own virtuous efforts; and, in these days of Books and Libraries, all the little help he can get from others is, as it were, brought to his own door, wherever he may live.

Believe me / Yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle