A fantastically candid letter from Thomas Carlyle to George Henry Lewes. At the time this correspondence was composed, Carlyle was most likely working on his History of Friedrich II of Prussia, which totalled five volumes, and was published between 1858-1865. Carlyle explains to his friend that his thoughts have been occupied by "Nightmares, Prussian Gorgons, and Dirt-Monsters (with a most small sprinkling of Printer's Devils as outcome)", and these have been his sole companions.
Carlyle also makes references to "an Eastwind howling (evidently towards snow), and temperature equal to that of Labrador," and signs his letter thus: "Yours sincerely (in spite of weather), T Carlyle".
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