Carlyle to Threescore-And-Ten (1853-1865)

Carlyle to Threescore-And-Ten (1853-1865)

Carlyle to Threescore-And-Ten (1853-1865)

Carlyle to Threescore-And-Ten (1853-1865)

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This is the fifth volume of a Life of Thomas Carlyle, and comes down to 1865. It is needless to repeat the acknowledgments and thanks in the Prefaces to preceding volumes: Carlyle till Marriage, 1923; Carlyle to "The French Revolution," 1924; Carlyle on Cromwell and Others, 1925; and fourthly, Carlyle at his Zenith, 1927. This volume is Carlyle to Threescore-and-ten; and the sixth and last is to be called Carlyle in Old Age.

There is an important addition to be now made to previous acknowledgments. After the publication of the fourth volume, the Marquess of Northampton supplied and allowed me to use all the letters written by Carlyle or Mrs. Carlyle to his grandfather, William Bingham Baring, the second Lord Ashburton, and to Harriet Baring, Lady Ashburton, the first wife of his grandfather, and to Louisa, Lady Ashburton, the second wife. These letters, unreserved and confidential, have been the pleasantest reading which any of this work has given me, and readers are sure to share my gratitude. It is a pity one cannot do more than say, thank you; one feels so much more than these words usually mean.

For help in correcting the proofs, I am obliged to the same three old friends who did Carlyle at his Zenith: James Tennant, Samuel Scott, and Robert W. Carson; and for the Index to my friend David E. Edward, the Librarian of Ayr town.

In December, 1928, Miss Carlyle Aitken of Dumfries presented to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh many hundreds of letters written by her uncle, Thomas Carlyle . . .

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