1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO DAVID LAING; 4 May 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540504-TC-DL-01; CL 29: 91


Chelsea, 4 May 1854—

My dear Sir,

I got the Knox about a week ago; many thanks for your new kindness in that matter;—and great success in getting thro' that truly pious Enterprise in which all Scotchmen and good men have an interest. I hope there is no danger of your being stopped again for want of Subscribers. If there be, put down my name for one.

The Raeburn Catalogue1 did not turn up at all; had unluckily been lost. If you have another spare copy, and chance of sending it, I shall be glad.

Under great hindrances, and in a very hasty and poor manner, I have now likewise written down some rough and ready things on the General Portrait Exhibition. Here the poor Paper is, as it stands; with all its faults on his head! It is far too long, for one very fatal fault. But on the whole I could not help it: that is what the angry gods permitted me to do at this time; and you must make of it what you can. It will give me real pleasure, if the project do take root, and one day come to perfection in sight of all the world.— In haste,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

D. Laing Esq

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