1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO JOHN BULL; 6 March 1825; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18250306-TC-JBU-01; CL 3:295-296.


Birmingham, 6th March, 1825—

My dear Sir,

Having an opportunity of transmitting a letter to London, I will not omit reminding you of my anxious expectation of that weary Book,1 and my confidence in your expedition, if so be that any thing yet depends on it. Week after week has flitted away; and till the foolish thing is fairly published, and conveyed to Edinburgh, my hands are tied. Do, if you please, be so good as get it sent away! You spoke of Wednesday or Thursday last: is it then published? If you would send a newspaper containing the advertisement, or a letter from your own hand, with intelligence that the copies are shipped for Edinr, I should take it very kindly, and be relieved from many doubts. Till Wednesday I am here; after that, my address will be: Mainhill, Ecclefechan, Dumfries-shire. I shall be much obliged to you, if you will take this trouble.

I fear you think me very selfish; and may feel it difficult to forgive all the worrying you have had from first to last about this sorry matter. Yet when you consider how I stand, your irritation will be mitigated. I hope we shall work together again ere long; and that the business may be more wisely arranged than it has been this time. If in any point, I can serve you in Scotland, do not hesitate to apply. Believe me always,

My dear Sir,/ Most truly yours, /

Th: Carlyle—