January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO [SAMUEL LANGLEY] ; 14 March 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590314-TC-SLA-01; CL 35: 54


5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea 14 March, 1859—

Dear Sir,

I am sorry to hear of your distresses, of your want of work especially. In help of that kind you propose I am already well supplied; and fear I shall have little or no use for yr services,—the rather as my present Task requires a ready knowledge of German to do much good in it, and French at least is entirely indispensable.

Enclosed is a small subvention1 to assist in helping you over the bar. Enclosed too is a kind of problem2 somewhat in your line perhaps; which is of very remote importance to me, yet not absolutely of none at all. In case you have still nothing to do, but, observe, not otherwise, you may if you choose see what you can make of that, and send me the result you arrive at. No haste abt it;—nor can I well stand any farther questioning abt it; being constantly kept in such a whirl of hurries and theâtre-dancing confusions as are very difficult to keep command over.

Wishing you a better trade than that distracted one of “Literature” (whh only foolish Newspapers and such like Oracles can consider dignified, useful or wholesome for a wise man), I remain

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle