January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO GERALDINE E. JEWSBURY ; 13 April 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590413-TC-GEJ-01; CL 35: 71-73


Chelsea, 13 April 1859.

Dear Geraldine,—Thanks for the sight of Mr. Domett's letter,1 which was a pleasant little treat,—not unwholesome, we will hope, to so veteran a stomach!— Mr. Dtt gives me the image of a fine sunburnt silent considerate Pastoral Existence, like that of the Patriarchs and Antique Populations, on modern conditions, existence tragically unattainable to us in these climates. Pity your friend and his2 did not gradually gather him a £50 worth (or a £20 worth) of really genial and wise Old English Books for his reading and meditating out yonder: they might be useful to him, & be seed of one knows not how much on the other side of the world.

I never had an acquaintance of the name of Lalor or Lawlor:3 Lr, I perceive, means a ‘T. Carlyle’4 (often confused with me by mistake and otherwise) who died a year or two ago, as Irvingite ‘Angel,’ or some such title, out at Albury5 in Mr Drummond's precircincts:6 he had aspired towards various things,—a hardheaded, ambitious fanatical mortal; who used to call me Antichrist, or at least one of the Antichrists, and perhaps rather liked me notwithstanding.

Yours always