January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 27 October 1829; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18291027-TC-JAC-01; CL 5:23-25.


Craigenputtoch, 27th [October] (Tuesday) [1829]

My Dear Jack,

I write this short note to say that we are returned, this day by way of Thornhill, and I for my share very weary of all racketting and rioting either in Edinr or elsewhere. For you, and my old Friends (my oldest and best and ever-dear Friends) at Scotsbrig, I have a brief greeting to send by Alick who is riding down tomorrow.

We have been very kindly received in Edinr, and seemed even to be a sort of Lions there: but of all this afterwards. For my Father I have brought home—a little morsel of a tobacco; for my Mother also a certain meagre present; and who knows whether this is not all the good I have done in my expedition? I will send a parcel with these things next Wednesday, and a Letter to my Mother. It will contain also a Foreign Review, which the “snaffle Young”1 left at Craigcrook2 for you.

Both your Papers3 are in that Number; this is good news for you: I even saw a long Extract from your Dr Weber in an Edinr Newspaper. Farther, your Article on Animal Magnetism is in types; and I partly expect that the Proofs of it will be in Dumfries today, in which case I have instructed Alick to send them down to you. Fraser wrote me that they would be sent along with my Jean Paul, which the unhappy people did not print last time; a piece of ill luck for me, as the £50 would have been very desirable at present. However Jeffrey has paid me; and we must try to struggle thro'. I am going to set about another Paper, on Schiller, to “keep mall in shaft” [to keep things going].4 We have yet made no bargain about the “History of Germ. Lit.”; but I send off my final offer to Fraser today, and it seems probable he will accept it. If not, I write Luther,5 and live as the Fates shall appoint, were it on bread and water.

Many persons were inquiring zealously for you in Edinburgh: Sir W. Hamilton requested the honour of seeing you when you came, to have some talk on Germany and Animal Magnetism. Nay here is still more hopeful news, in a Letter from Mrs Montagu, written ten days ago, but only read tonight: “Will you tell Doctor Carlyle that there is a very good opening for a Physician at Warwick, within two miles of Leamington [a fashionable watering-place]6 and 15 of Birmingham: Badams thinks that a clever man must succeed there. It is worth an immediate looking after, or the place will be occupied.” Now what say you, Doctor? O that weary want of cash! But you have now a right to draw on the Blacks for cash, and I myself can furnish you with a little in the meanwhile; and really you should in almost any case bestir yourself. It is worth writing to Badams to inquire: tho' I fear, I fear, Mrs M. paints too much en beau [in a fine style].7 But shake thyself, Doctor, like a strong man: do, for Heaven's sake, and some share of victory will be thine. I long to hear what is to be done. George Moir the Advocate is coming here tomorrow for some two days, to take the skizzen [sketches] for Goethe:8 if you were here, you would see him, and you and I could settle about what you were to do, if it be possible for you to form any resolution on the matter— Write, at all events if you do not come. I am in boundless haste; and quite out of sorts; disheartened by the aspect of winter, and bil[ious?] [The rest of the letter is lost.]

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