Carlyle at His Zenith (1848-53)

Carlyle at His Zenith (1848-53)

Carlyle at His Zenith (1848-53)

Carlyle at His Zenith (1848-53)

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This is the fourth volume of a Carlyle to be completed in six. The first volume, Carlyle till Marriage (1795- 1826), appeared in 1923; the second, Carlyle to "The French Revolution (1826-37), in 1924; and the third, Carlyle on Cromwell and Others (1837-48), in 1925. The fifth is to be Carlyle to Threescore and Ten, and the sixth and last, Carlyle in Old Age. These remaining two volumes shall appear in due course, if I am spared, as soon as the work of condensation can be completed. That is all I can promise; but a prophecy may be ventured, that the work may be finished before the end of 1929.

The Preface in the first volume applies to all the rest. So nothing in it needs to be repeated. To the acknowledgments in it and later Prefaces, I have now to add my thanks to Mr. C. O Gridley, a trustee of the Carlyle House, who in 1925 lent me a fine collection of Carlyleäna, arranged and annotated by his friend, Mr. R. H. Shepherd, the author of Memoirs of Thomas Carlyle (2 vols., 1881). I have also to thank the librarians of Trinity College, Cambridge, and of the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, for help in respect of unpublished letters of Carlyle; and also Glasgow University for an unusual favour. During my absence in Burma on business, from 1907 to 1911, the librarian of Glasgow University, Mr. Galbraith, took faithful charge of all my Carlyle MSS. and notes, and kept them safe in the University Library. Further, I have the pleasure of thanking the daughters of Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, who are his executrices, for assigning to me by a formal deed in 1925 his rights in his book, Conversations with Carlyle, the better to . . .

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