January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; 1976; DOI: 10.1215/ed-05-acknowledgements; CL 5: firstpage-05-vii-lastpage-05-ix


It is impossible to acknowledge adequately and in due degree what the editors of a project as extensive and complex as collecting, editing, and publishing the Carlyle letters owe to the many persons and institutions that have helped them. They wish to express a particular sense of indebtedness, however, to Gordon N. Ray, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; Charles K. Bradsher, and other members of the Duke University Research Council; the Principal, the Secretary, and the University Court of the University of Edinburgh; C. P. Finlayson, David Easton, and Miss J. R. Guild of the Library, University of Edinburgh; the Carnegie Foundation of Scotland; and, to an inexpressible degree, William Park, Thomas I. Rae, Alan Bell, and James S. Ritchie of the Manuscript Department, National Library of Scotland.

Our indebtedness to many others is indicated in the footnotes. But our special thanks are due to those in the list which follows: W. P. Albrecht; the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand; the Arched House, Ecclefechan; Mr. and Mrs. George Armour, Craigenputtoch; Margaret Carlyle Armstrong; R. L. Bayne-Powell; Jerome Beatty; Francis Berkeley, Jr., the Library, University of Virginia; the authorities of the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal; Rita Bottoms, Keeper of Special Collections, the Library, University of California, Santa Cruz; George K. Boyce and Herbert Cahoon of the Pierpont Morgan Library; Ashbel G. Brice, John Menapace, William N. Hicks, Joanne Ferguson, and Theodore A. Saros of the Duke University Press; the staffs of the departments of printed books and manuscripts, the British Museum; Peter Burian; Grace J. Calder; Kathleen Campbell, Librarian, Montana State University; George Allan Cate, who has made a special study of the Carlyle-Ruskin correspondence and relationship; A. S. Chambers; Lady Cobbold, Knebworth House; Lady Crewe, Crewe House, London; Mrs. E. M. Davidson; C. Edwards, Borough Librarian, Chelsea; Nils Erik Enkvist, the Swedish University of Abo, Finland; the staff of the Ewart Public Library, Dumfries; Edward W. Forbes, the Emerson Memorial Association; the late John D. Gordan, Curator, the Berg Collection, New York Public Library; David L. Graham, descendant of Carlyle's friend William Graham of Burnswark; the Reverend Father Aubrey de Vere Gwynn, S.J., University College, Dublin; Gordon S. Haight; Marjorie Hancock, the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia; Tyrus G. Harmsen, Department of Manuscripts, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery; Jack W. Herring, Director, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University; R. Ian Hewat and Mary G. Brown, the Hornel Collection, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; Frederick W. Hilles; the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Mr. and Mrs. A. Hay, present curators of the Carlyle House in Chelsea (who have done a great deal in letting us look in cupboards which have not been cleared out for decades, and which produced quite a few items); Helmut Holtzhauer; Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Houghton; Lawrence H. Houtchens; Edward A. Hungerford; R. W. Hunt, Keeper of Western Manuscripts, the Bodleian Library; Carolyn E. Jakeman, the Houghton Library, Harvard University; the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh; Lachlan Phil Kelley; George P. Landow; Cecil Lang; Wolfgang A. Leppmann; Walter Leuba, who placed his large collection of Carlyle letters gathered over a long period of years at our disposal; the London Library; Edward McInnes and James Wright, University of Edinburgh; Lady Mander, of Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton; Edwin W. Marrs, Jr., who with the help of Mrs. Ernest D. Clump, Mrs. John Carlyle, and other present-day representatives of the family of Carlyle's brother Alexander, has brought to light and published 245 long-lost letters written to the Canadian branch of the family; Miss L. E. Carlyle of Brantford, Ontario, who gave us access to her manuscripts (published by Marrs); Robert F. Metzdorf, Dorothy W. Bridgwater, and David R. Watkins, chief reference librarian, and Marjorie G. Wynne, research librarian, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection, Yale University Library; Sondra Miley; Francis E. Mineka; Elizabeth Carlyle Mitchell and Mary A. Harland, descendants of Carlyle's brother Alexander; Carlisle Moore; the National Trust of England and the National Trust of Scotland; John Murray, Publishers, of 50 Albemarle St., London; J. A. La Nauze; W. Nicolaisen; the Marquess of Northampton; John Ogilvy; Leland R. Phelps; Benjamin Powell, Gertrude Merritt, Mattie Russell, William R. Erwin, Florence Blakely, and Mary Canada of the Duke University Library; the Princeton University Press; Mark Reed; Donald H. Reiman, the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library; F. W. Roberts, Director, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas; Frank Taylor, Deputy Director and Principal Keeper, the John Rylands Library; Herman Salinger; the Lord Sandys; John MacQueen, the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University; Hill Shine; Thomas M. Simkins, Jr.; Joseph Slater; Herbert E. Spivey, who has made a special study of the Carlyle-Mill relationship; Norman H. Strouse, who has given his magnificent collection of Carlyle letters, manuscripts, and books to the University of California, Santa Cruz; Curtis W. Stucki, Frank Paluka, and Marcus A. McCorison of Special Collections, the Library, State University of Iowa; William D. Templeman; the late Geoffrey Tillotson; the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge; Walter Victor; the late Helen Gill Viljoen; Philip Weimerskirch; The Wellcome Historical Medical Library, London; Arthur Wheen, Librarian, Victoria and Albert Museum; William Willis; Janet Ray Edwards, Hilary Smith, Sara Haig, William H. Gilbert, and others who have assisted the editorial staff.

D. D. Murison, editor of the recently completed Scottish National Dictionary, has been consistently helpful to us and deserves our warmest thanks. R. M. Pinkerton of the Humanity Department, Edinburgh University, has helped us a good deal with Classical allusions.

The manuscripts of many of the letters which the headnotes of this edition attribute to the Alexander Carlyle family, Canada, are now in the Mills Memorial Library, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. In reference to our table in volume one, pp. Volume 1: Introduction, we may now state that by merit of recent acquisitions the Norman H. and Charlotte Strouse Collection, University of California, Santa Cruz, with 223 letters, now contains the largest collection of Carlyle letters in the United States and the fourth or fifth largest in the world.