August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO THOMAS STORY SPEDDING; 8 September 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460908-TC-TSS-01; CL 21:46-47.


Dublin, 8 Septr, 1846

Dear Spedding,

You perceive by the date of this there is no possibility of Keswick for me this year! Finding the ly of matters there, and a great impatience in myself to be again under way and at last safe home, I sallied out (with terrible resolution!) by way of Ayr and Ardrossan; victoriously crossed to Belfast, victoriously took survey of Drogheda and various Towns, and have been here three days, with intention now of making off homewards with all dispatch tomorrow evening. I am full of petty misery, as in my travels I always am; but have seen many a strange Irish aspect of affairs, which will be a picture in my gallery for the future: Daniel O'Connell in his green Repeal Cap, haranguing yesterday in Conciliation Hall,—that of itself was a sight worth going some miles for!1 Poor Daniel, Conciliation Hall and he seemed verging to their consummation, and not long for this world without a change! Young Ireland too is a strange entity; Ireland is all strange.2 But we shall meet to talk of it some day. In not many days or hours now I shall be at home if I prosper, right glad to end these confused locomotions for a time.

I beg to be recommended to Mrs Spedding and the young Stranger, and the Baconian Philosopher, and all the kind friends that will grant me any tolerance in that friendly Household; and am ever, with much affection, and many regrets at my earthly disabilities,

Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle