The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO CHARLES SUMNER ; 12 June 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380612-TC-CSU-01; CL 10: 98-99


5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 12 June 1838—

Dear Sir,

Your card and Emerson's Letter1 lay waiting for me yesterday when I got back to my little room. I had not understood till then that it was New England friends, that it was other than “two foreign gentlemen, Germans most probably” who wanted to see me, and hear me. To hear me they were welcome; but I could see no one at that time.2 I hope you, as my friend's friend, understood it all, and excused it.

Perhaps now, as it has gone so, you will come down and see us here. We are generally at home: we are to be at home specially on Saturday evening for one date; tea is at 7 o'clock: that evening will be safer than another.3 We will expect you if we hear nothing to the contrary.

Along with your card lay cards of Mr Gannett's4 and Dr Warren's,5 both Boston men. If they are friends of yours, and will come on so unceremonious terms as these, we shall be right glad to see you all.

I had another Letter from Emerson, forwarded by you (I think) from Paris.6

Hoping to know you better soon / faithfully yours

T. Carlyle