July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JANE WILSON; 24 February 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370224-TC-JWI-01; CL 9:157.


Chelsea, Friday Evg [24 February 1837]

My dear Miss Wilson,

I did not call, or send any message, yesterday because the day being so wet I had got nothing done. Today I called for Miss Martineau, who cheerfully undertook to negotiate with Saunders & Ottley for the opening of a Book. The Inscription I gave her (with power to anybody better informed in these things to alter it) was: “Course of Lectures on German Literature by Mr Carlyle / (After Easter) /.”1 I suppose, she will settle it in the course of tomorrow: on Monday morning this Book-of-Fate will be lying opened.— [I] must beg Mr Wilson to step forward here; and be Secretary and acting Manager,—and in short to do all manner of things for me, which I am incapable of doing for myself.

Arriving at home, I found your Note.2 The list of Ladyships and honourable women inspires me with a kind of terror. I hope it is as intelligent daughters of Eve, desirous of learning somewhat, and not as mere Titular Divinities that they draw near to us: God knows it is in the former capacity alone that I shall have anything comfortable to tell them.— However, I suppose their names are of great importance, as an inducement to others. I am much obliged to Taylor.3

As to Rooms &c I am innocent as the babe unborn. Mr Wilson is again and again entreated to interpose between me and Willis.4

The Annual Registers 1791, 2, 3 and 4, if not in use in Eccleston street,5 would be of some service now. I send back 8 volumes—to 1789.

In great haste, / My dear Miss Wilson, / Always truly Yours'

T. Carlyle.