January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO [SIR GEORGE SINCLAIR OR AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT] ; 8 October 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18591008-TC-SGSOUC-01; CL 35: 230-231


Chelsea, 8 octr, 1859—

My dear Sir,

I have looked over your little ms. of a Dutch Tour in 1736 by your worthy Grandfather;1 whh having now finished, I make haste to return it to you, after such delays. It goes today, by Book post; along with the present Note, unless the Post-Office people use their liberty of detaining it till Monday morning in case of need.

It is a very pleasant, transparently vivacious, cheerful and intelligent bit of Narrative;—I imagined myself to discover a certain family likeness in the Piece; and could have read the whole of it with real entertainment, had it been in print. But the ink is fallen brown, and the hand is occasionally somewhat vague.

It seems to me any respectable magazine wd be happy to print such a thing well edited by you; and perhaps filial piety ought sometime or other to set you on that mode of preserving the innocent interesting little Document?—

As it belongs wholly to 1736, there is nothing in it that can now be of service to me but I did not fail to note, with private satisfaction, what the veridical Tourist says about Wesel, Cleve, and Frh Wilhelm's matters;2 and it was a curious pleasure to me to see, as it were with eyes, the “Effigy of Lieutt Keith” still on the Gallows3 at the former place! Visible enough there to your grandfather and me; one fact there can be no doubt about! I had put a mark at the page last night; but fell out again this morning, and I could not with some effort recover it.— On the whole, I bespeak a Copy, so soon as this little Tour is printed, whh I hope it may some day be.

London is perfectly silent as yet, and there is, for the most part, a very pretty St Martin's Summer4 given us; whh one pensively contemplates, and lives too lazily in the midst of.

With many kind regards and thanks, I remain always

Yours sincerely, /

T. C[arlyle]