January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 6 January 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590106-TC-HL-01; CL 35: 4


Chelsea, 6 jany, 1859—

Dear Sir,

I think the Steamboats have not been running in the late fog;1 whh is a gain to me in one sense: I had left a request for you to come, one night; and on the morrow I found you need not! If you sent off the Parcel of Books, on the day and by the conveyance marked, it is all right; and there is nothing more on that head.

I got you a Life-Ticket for the London Library;2 of which, if it be not so very useful till our hands are a little freer, I hope you will get a great deal of good in future years. It is the best Lending-Library I know of in London or anywhere else; I believe, some 100,000 volumes in it, in various languages, on all manner of subjects; and you command 10 of them whenever you or yours think good, and have no trouble but the choosing.— If I had been King Friedrich, I would have given you a pretty little mansion and grounds, for your merits to me; but that not being so, I have on cheap terms procured you a small spiritual freehold, whh you are to occupy wisely, for my sake and your own, during the many years whh I hope are still ahead for you.

Probably the Library People may have written to you; at any rate I send you the Documents; and bid you go and take possession.

In Mr Harrison3 the Librarian's Note (whh is inclosed), I have marked one line with a hand: “La Russie”4 &c is the Title of a Book;—for whh pray ask Dr Harrison; and bring it with you, if he have it,—marked in my name.

I think there is nothing more just now. I am deep in “Chapter I,”5 whh has been a terrible quagmire first & last!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle