January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 28 August 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450828-JWC-TC-01; CL 19: 176


Thursday [28 August 1845]

My dear I find you excessively provoking— Now that you are done with your work why cannot you appoint a day for being off— I made sure of knowing by todays letter when you would come—and not a word on the subject! I have been to Liverpool—started before the post came in, and was flying back faster than the horses to get your letter—and voila—“speculations” about dining with Scott Browning &c &c I am quite angry and that is the truth of it—for if I had thought you were to dawdle so long I would have been at home with you by this time—

—The worst for you is that I have not time to subside—for the starting hour of the post is just at hand— Certainly I did not expect you this week—but—I expected to have got by this time a “fixed point” for my expectation—

I would not have written at all till I could write in better humour and with greater deliberation but you said something about “morbid fancies” and I am not disappointed enough to wish to inflict such on you while there is a minutes time left to hinder them—

Yours in breakneck haste /