August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT ; 30 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580630-TC-AJS-01; CL 33: 263-264


The Gill, 30 june, 1858—

Dear Scott,ndash;It wd give me pleasure to help in this American Enterprise; whh I perceive to be a very rational one. Unhappily I am in a kind of abeyance with the vocal public of that country; and have not for years answered a Letter if by chance some Letter still came, nor had the least correspondence with anybody in that country,—except (and that a very little) with Emerson alone. The fact, I suppose is, there are still many people well affected to me; but they have the dignity to hold their tongue in the presence of such unmusical infinitude of balderdash from other parties:—that is the sad lot of a literary man and his real friends and hearers in these times.— Taking the fact on such footing as it is pleased to have, I send you the two inclosed Papers;1 and wd gladly have done better, had I been able.

Have you applied to Thackeray on the matter? He used to know you a little, as I have incidentally heard from him, long ago. He is of course the Cortez and Columbus2 of that element;3—he is a very kind obliging soul too. I shall think it a pity if you have not made known your purpose to him: if it will at all help to say that I advised you,—well perhaps it may be better not!

Emerson you will find a genuinely good man, and capable of spiritual discourse so as no other living is.

And so I will heartily bid you Good speed; and anticipate your home-coming victorious over that sad malady and over many other things;—victorious enough I reckon this Lecturer will be; tho' not in proportion to his intrinsic worth among the English Lecturers we have sent, for that wd perhaps be too victorious!

Adieu, dear Scott; a right good voyage to you, and the speediest convenient return.

Yours always truly / T. Carlyle