TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY ; 31 May 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420531-TC-HMS-01; CL 14: 195
TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY
Chelsea, Tuesday Morng [31 May 1842]
Alas, my dear Mrs Stanley, I cannot come to you! I am so full of headaches, heartaches, idleness and consequent misery and contemptibility, I have had to decide on three weeks of total silence, and go out nowhither!
If virtue mean, as I have generally found it, the doing of something horribly disagreeable, and refusing to do something that seems the pleasantest thing in the world,—then I am from this moment on the road of virtue. Pray for me!—
Your unfortunate / T. Carlyle