January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO CONNOP THIRLWALL ; 9 July 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430709-TC-CT-01; CL 16: 252-253


Llandough, Cowbridge / 9 july, 1843—

Dear Bishop Thirlwall,

You are very kind to invite me to your house: your house, Bishop's-palace or whatever the name and nature of it be, is a place I think I might contrive to feel at home in: accordingly I do mean to try, if the Destinies and Possibilities will be so kind to me.1

Till some days after the 11th I am as good as fixed here, or on the neighbouring coast of St Donat's, the total solitude of which is greatly to my mind at present. My aim, after that, is towards Liverpool. If there be a mail coach from Carmarthen to Aberystwith, and then a Steamer to the Mersey,2 that would be my route, and you lie precisely on it. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to some of these points? For the Aberystwith Steamer I have written to inquire at Liverpool itself; the question of the Mail is probably soluble at Carmarthen. Nobody here has ever turned his thoughts in that direction.— Failing everything I know there is a Liverpool Steamer at Swansea; and it were but turning back from the Bishop's House a score of miles to get securely into that:—an audacity I feel almost equal to, if the times and other circumstances will agree.

Pray inform me a little how you are as to engagements about the end of this week and beginning of next;3 and when I could best intercalate two days of myself into your leisure. I will do it if I can.

The Address is, “Care of Charles Redwood Esq,” superadded to the date given above.

With much kind regard, and hope of soon meeting,

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle