January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


TC TO ALLAN CUNNINGHAM; 16 August 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18310816-TC-ACU-01; CL 5:335.


6. Woburn Buildings, Tavistock Square / Tuesday [16 August 1831].

My Dear Cunningham,

I will with very great pleasure come over on Saturday, as you invite: my Brother also will with all heartiness accompany me.

I am sorry to hear of Mrs C.'s indisposition, but trust it will be only temporary. I was not aware that night, till I left you, how it stood with the poor Youth,1 and that he stood on the eve of man's first calamity, exile from his Father's hearth. I wish I had shaken hands with him, and bidden him audibly Good Speed.

My Scriptory ware2 still lies in the scales, which way inclining I cannot say, except in the spirit of a Prophet that ever prophecyeth evil. On Saturday I shall perhaps know more. Meanwhile, as ever, it is our part to defy the Devil, whether he come in the shape of Bookseller or another. I study to say always: A fig for thee Nicholas!3

Your Letter to Wilkie4 I shall with my earliest convenience deliver. Many thanks for it!

Ever Your's /

T. Carlyle.