January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 7 June 1835; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18350600-TC-JHLH-01; CL 8:141-142.


[ca. early June 1835]

My Dear Sir,

Accept kind thanks from both of us for the volume you have sent my Wife. We are glad to see the London Journal in a new shape promising more of permanency.1 One may hope that at a future epoch some fit eye searching for what was good and graceful in an age where so very much was the reverse, may find something here to dwell upon and treasure.

I am afraid you take too much trouble about that Examiner. As hinted today, I have now generally another Newspaper which I can address to Scotland; and that was mainly the thing I wanted. For my own share, Fonblanque has lost nine tenths of his worth now when he is to be read not at Craigenputtoch but at Chelsea.2

You would far misconstrue us both if you supposed that our natural regret at your temporary cessation of visits, had ended or was like to end, in irritation, suspicion or other unworthy humour. I can fancy causes enough of the phenomenon without implying disregard, or even diminution of regard on your part. Much must and should in all such cases be left to individual determination, grounded on such insight as is to be had. To me two things only are clear: that there is no man in London I like better to commune with from time to time; and that seen or unseen, I can feel nothing towards you but esteem and goodwill, and am and remain,

My Dear Sir, / very faithfully Your's /

T. Carlyle.