October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO GUSTAVE D'EICHTHAL; 3 October 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18311003-TC-GE-01; CL 6:3-4.


London 3d October, 1831—

My Dear Sir,

Allow me to present to you my Brother Dr Carlyle, who is at present on his way to Italy; and wishes, in passing thro' Paris, to make acquaintance with you. He is charged on my part, and feels induced by his own inclination to familiarise himself as far as possible with the actual aspects of the Doctrine of St. Simon. With your German relatives you will find him already in friendly connexion.

I am regularly favoured with the Numbers of the Globe;1 and derive from them not a little information on various matters that interest me much and are imperfectly or not at all understood here. Partly by way of testifying my thankfulness for this kindness, I had resolved on sending you an English version of the Nouveau Christianisme,2 which I executed many months ago in Scotland: but the Manuscript which is in Dr Bowring's hands cannot be procured at this moment, and must wait another opportunity. If on any occasion it could be of service to you, it is heartily at your disposal.

A small piece of literary business brought me hither several weeks ago; and now, such is the turn matters have taken, I have sent for my wife, and we are to spend the winter here. Should your promised Apostolic Mission take place within the next three months we shall expect to have the earliest notice of your arrival, and to see you frequently with us. It will give me the greatest pleasure to confer with you to all lengths on the great matters you are engaged in: neither for yourself personally will a warm welcome be wanting.3

Cordially wishing you all happiness, and success wherever success is to be desired, I remain,

My Dear Sir, / Faithfully Your's, /

Thomas Carlyle—