August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO THOMAS BALLANTYNE ; 12 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580612-TC-TB-01; CL 33: 239


Chelsea, 12 june, 1858—

Dear Ballantyne,

Mr Martin1 has got two Books of mine; one of which, a volume of Mirabeau,2 has become immediately indispensable to me. It belongs to the London Library; is of no use at all, nor ever has been, to Mr M.; but will create great inconvenience if not now returned directly to its place in the set there. The other Book, a Volume of Memoirs of Bareith,3 belongs to myself, and is not of such consequence; but it may as well be returned whither it belongs, more especially as it is not of the slightest value except as wastepaper where it is.

I am making up my packages and assortments for getting to the country; and I especially want that Mirabeau. Pray contrive so that these poor volumes, especially that one, may actually be left here within the next three days: I shd think, that might be possible, with an effort, to Mr M.!

In great haste, I remain

Always yours truly / T. Carlyle