July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JANE WILSON; 3 October 1836; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18361003-TC-JWI-01; CL 9:64-65.


Chelsea, 3rd October 1836

My dear Miss Wilson,—There is no Mirabeau for you: the unhappy Editors after breaking in upon me four times with it, in hot haste, discover at last that it is above fifty pages long; and must be omitted till next Number! I hope your disappointment is very considerable.

Proportionate will your consolation be, when the thing does arrive, and as a New-Year's Gift salute you, on the first day of January, with a prayer for ‘many happy returns.’

In the meanwhile I send you Malheur et Poésie [Unhappiness and Poetry],1 a book belonging to Cavaignac; who says the story it tells is true, and that he has seen the Thief-Poet, at present a Newspaper Rédacteur [Writer], and done with stealing. It seems to me a strange document of a strange country; miserable enough to look on, but significant of many things.

Pray let us know when you get back; we are longing to have you here again; and will come and say audibly what this Paper is to say visibly: welcome, welcome!

Always most truly yours, /

T. Carlyle.