The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 20 May 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380520-TC-RMM-01; CL 10: 81-82


Chelsea, 20th May [1838]—

My dear Sir,

I should like greatly to come to you on Tuesday morning; but I am in so contemptible a state of health (as you may see in the Portman-Square Cockpit yonder),1 that I dare promise nothing. Sometimes I awake at four in the morning, and breakfast as soon after that as possible!— What shall I say? Perhaps you will let me try to come and hope to come; and if I fail after all, will view me with the due pity and tolerance, knowing well enough how it must have been in that case? I will leave it so.

You ought to lend me a reading of your Book, since it is not for sale.2 I could do very well with it at present; and shall accordingly request that favour of you.

Believe me always / Your's faithfully /

T. Carlyle.