'I know not if there be a Goddess of Sloth - tho' considering that this of all our passions is the least turbulent and most victorious, it could not without partiality be left destitute - But if there be, she certainly looks on with an approving smile - when in a supine posture, I lie for hours with my eyes fixed upon the pages of Lady Morgan's France or the travels of Faujas St Fond ... What shall I say to the woebegone Roderick last of the Goths; and others of a similar stamp? They go through my brain as light goes thro' an achromatic telescope.'
The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
Place of Publication:
Durham, North Carolina
Date of Publication:
Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 190, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=7536, accessed: 18 June 2013
Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 14th July 1819, written at Mainhill. Pages 188 - 192 in this edition. Details of publication given in editor's notes. Dates of reading based on previous letter (to John Fergusson dated 29th June 1819) in which Carlyle refers to having returned the previous Sunday with the above books from Johnson's circulating library.
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