August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY; 29 June 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470629-TC-HMS-01; CL 21:243.


Chelsea, 29 june, 1847—

Dear Mrs Stanley,

You are always very good; and I need not say how happy I should be, if— Woe betide that “if”! But the melancholy fact is, I cannot come. This week already I have a “splendid indigestion” to front, on the score of an immortal Statesman (Peel, your Corn-law friend, a man worth seeing, even at a late dinner); and in very deed, tho' you will not believe me, I am quite unwell, and my capacity for dining in any way has sunk to the mournfullest ebb!

Pity the poor white man,1green man rather, for that is nearer his complexion;—and leave him to his mute Dialogue with the Fates, enlivened only by a little tobacco, till better days!— I am and remain

Yours always /

T. Carlyle