January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


CHRONOLOGY; 1976; DOI: 10.1215/ed-05-chronology; CL 5: firstpage-05-xxi-lastpage-05-xxii


January 1829–September 1831

1829 January. At Craigenputtoch. John A. Carlyle travelling in Europe. Carlyle writing articles for Fraser and Jeffrey. “German Playwrights” published in the Foreign Review.

Spring. The Carlyles busy with indoor and outdoor improvements at Craigenputtoch. Are visited by members of the family and friends. They visit Dumfries, Templand, and Scotsbrig.

April. “Voltaire” published in the Foreign Review.

June. “Signs of the Times” in the Edinburgh Review. Irving visits Dunscore and stays two nights at Craigenputtoch.

July. “Novalis” published in the Foreign Review.

8 August. Jeffrey at Dumfries, where Carlyle visits him.

October. The Carlyles visit Craigcrook, Edinburgh, and Haddington, returning to Craigenputtoch at the end of the month, when George Moir visits them to sketch the farm.

Winter. Many Edinburgh friends are invited to visit. Carlyle at work on a History of German Literature. Correspondence with Goethe continues, with exchange of gifts.

1830 Throughout the year they are visited by relatives and pay return visits to Scotsbrig and Templand.

January. “Jean Paul Friedrich Richter Again” published in the Foreign Review.

February, May. “Jean Paul Richter's Review of Madame de Staël's Allemagne” published in Fraser's Magazine.

March. Jeffrey offers Carlyle financial help, which he refuses. Carlyle plagued by lack of books needed for writing his History of German Literature.

12 April. Carlyle writes a letter to the Dumfries Courier (signed “Vox”) about the shooting of Thomas Bell.

22 June. Carlyle's sister Margaret dies.

July. Carlyle first hears from Gustave d'Eichthal and the Saint-Simonians.

September. Visited at Craigenputtoch by the Jeffreys.

October. Writes “On Clothes” by 28th, which is used as a draft for Sartor Resartus. Craigenputtoch farm advertised.

November. “Thoughts on History” in Fraser's Magazine.

19 December. Finishes translation of Saint-Simon's Nouveau Christianisme.

November and December. Carlyle's sister Mary marries James Austin, and his brother Alexander marries Janet Clow.

1831 January. Carlyle feels he has “almost done” with German literature.

January–February. Publishes various poems in Fraser's Magazine.

February. Records in his diary “I have some £5 to front the world with.”

March. Publishes “Taylor's Historic Survey of German Poetry” in the Edinburgh Review and “Schiller” in Fraser's Magazine.

May. Alexander Carlyle leaves Craigenputtoch.

July. “The Nibelungen Lied” published in the Westminster Review.

22 July. Carlyle speaks at a public dinner in Dumfries in honor of Allan Cunningham. Sartor finished by the end of the month.

4 August. Carlyle leaves for London, arriving on the 9th, to arrange for the publication of Sartor.

5 August. Has an eightieth birthday tribute, signed by “Fifteen English Friends,” sent to Goethe.

10 August. Sartor submitted to John Murray, but negotiations are finally broken off by 24 September. Meanwhile Carlyle makes new acquaintances in London.

2 September. Carlyle first meets John Stuart Mill and strikes up friendship.