January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ALEXANDER GILCHRIST ; 2 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560902-TC-AGI-01; CL 31: 207-208


The Gill, Annan N.B. 2 Septr 1856—

My dear Sir,

I am happy to hear you are well, and busy with all kinds of labour,—weighty labour for me and my affairs the most conspicuous kind!

That is certainly a very good idea, that of dating every page of the F. Rn: do it by all means if you like,—only I fear you will find it a trouble beyond what you are aware.

I also am to be home “at the end of Septr” (probably in the month by a day or two days); it will therefore be clear wisdom to do as you have suggested,—have a little meeting,—before going to Press. I forget whether there is in my own head anything I thot to alter—(Yes; please put a mark where you find one “Needham,1 an English life-preserving man, mentioned, who gets a “civic sword” &c)—I will endeavour to have that also ready when we meet. And so let it remain settled for the last days of Septr or first do of October, if we and our purposes have no misluck in the interim

I have just written you a little Note for Fraser2 Editor of the N. Brith I have very little or rather no real acquaintance with him; but believe he is a very wholesome kind of man. The most questionable feature is the length of your Article:—try to make it into two? In some way shorten it?

That Note will introduce one of your own, with or witht the Ms. itself at that first interview: if Fraser & you cannot suit,—the Westminster is in the rear (or in fact is not the Westr gone into some other persons hands?3)—Fraser's Magne &c &c are in the rear. But they are all a sorry set of vehicles; and an earnest young soul has its own sorrows in learning the ways of them.

I have lain here as quiet as a mouse ever since the end of July; and seem to have made really notable improvement in health,—if it will only hold out. I have now (most reluctantly) to lift anchor (just yoho-ing in these hours) and steer for Inverness & beyond. After whh direct home. With many regards (in haste) / T. Carlyle