1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO HENRY T. WAKE; 19 December 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541219-TC-HTW-01; CL 29: 218-219


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 19 decr, 1854—

Dear Sir,

We have not heard of you this long while, and I have almost lost your address. But I am vividly reminded of you today, by a Letter from Mr Everett of Boston in America;1 who has, at last, after such delay, got into his hands the old Franklin Tithe-Book2 you were kind enough to give me; and is delighted and overjoyed with it. He is to have it bound, “as if it were a very Iliad”; presented to the New England Historical Society; produced solemnly at the Inauguration of some monument they are building to Franklin in Boston,3 with &c &c. In short, never were a few shillings better laid out, than those by you in the purchase of that old Tithe-Book, in the Shop in Soho-Square;4 it wd give you real pleasure to see what pleasure it gives now when arrived at its right place.

If this find you, call again (say on Sunday first, about the Noon time); ask for Mrs C. if I am busy; and she will read to you the Letter itself so far as relates to this business; and be very glad to see you again over and above.

With many kind regards, I am always / Yours sincerely

T. Carlyle