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Letters of Thomas Carlyle to his family.

Identifier: MSS.511-518

Scope and Contents

There are no letters of Thomas Carlyle to his father. Several letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle (sometimes added to Carlyle’s letters as postscripts) and of various members of Carlyle’s family are included. Other writers are Daniel Corrie, Bishop of Madras, 1836; W H Wills, ‘Editor and factotum‘ of Charles Dickens, 1855; and Rudolf Sonnenburg, who brought out a German edition of ‘Frederick’, 1867. There are also letters of Carlyle to Whewell, 1861, Emerson, 1869, and others.


  • Creation: 1821-1870, undated.

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8 Volumes ; Large quarto.

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Separated Materials

See also MS.519.


Many of the letters have been printed. See 'Letters, General Collections' and 'Letters, Uncollected', in Isaac Watson Dyer, "A bibliography of Carlyle's writings and Ana", (Portland, Maine, 1928).
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