The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO JOHN STERLING ; 18 June 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380618-TC-JOST-01; CL 10: 106-107


Chelsea, Monday morning / 5 o'Clock [18 June 1838]

Dear Sterling

I hope this will get to you in time, being so early written. I went to Gravesend yesterday with Frederick Elliot,1 to see certain Kentish Australian emigrants of his:2 at London Bridge in the tumult of embarking I missed footing, and fell, one of the most perfect prostrations you ever witnessed; which has blackened my chin, confused my understanding, ruined one hand (for the time being), halfruined the other (you see how it writes),3 & made it imperative on me to miss Blackheath, music, and all enjoyment for the present.4

Festina lente [Make haste slowly]:5 it was too much haste that so spoiled my speed. Now all ye worthy young men a warning take by me!

Ever faithfully yours

T. Carlyle