January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO FRANCES WEDGWOOD ; 23 June 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420623-TC-FW-01; CL 14: 208


Chelsea, Thursday [23 June 1842?]

Dear Mrs Wedgwood,

Coming down from my solitary roost at 2 o'clock, I find your Note. Unfortunately, “It is impossible!” We go to dine at Sterlingdom today (in the most private manner), to take farewell of Thackeray. The Thunderer has been in fierce quarrel with me for many months back, as would seem;—and has now “cooled in the skin he heated in,” as would also seem.

Pray make my congratulations to Mrs Rich; my compliments and regrets to the Woolwich people. Scott was to come down and see me some day; but has never done it.

Here also is a Letter from Harriet; full of joy at “wiping the pen,” at &c &c Poor good Harriet!

Believe me ever Yours /

T. Carlyle

Wedgwood is to send me the chapter and verse of that beautiful Excerpt,1—let him remember:— An accursed PUNCH is shrieking under my windows! The curtains keep out squalid sights; but how exclude detestable distractive sounds?———