July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 19 August 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-184708019-TC-RMM-01; CL 22: 39-40


Rawden near Leeds, / 19 Augt, 1847—

Dear Milnes,

Are you at present in these parts? My Wife and I have been in Derbyshire, drinking the Matlock waters, looking into the bottomless ennui of Buxton, into Haddon Hall,1 and the wonders of the Devil's apparatus in the Peak; and we have now arrived at fixed quarters, for a few days, and are capable of looking deliberately before and after.

If you are at Fryston,2 I will give you a meeting any day, at any spot near mid distance; and hold with you a solemn conference of more than an hour's continuance. This place is seven miles beyond Leeds: I saw Temple Newsam,3 and other old localities connected with you, as we rolled along hither on Monday Evening last. My humane Landlord, really a good Samaritan, and an excellent cheerful intelligent young man whom you would like,4—allows me a horse, horses; and I should like, as always, right well to see you. Our length of stay here is undetermined; cannot readily be long. Pray consider what can be done, and let us do it.

We read your Election Squibs, fresh and fresh, at Addiscombe; learned afterwards with due loyalty that you were reelected tho' with difficulty.5 Quod faustum sit [May it turn out well].6 Is not the Ten pound Franchise going curious roads;7 is not the thrice-miraculous Parliament itself rather like to go a curious road before very long? Whitherward, think you!

We are Quakers here, or rather Ex-Quakers of a liberal and even elegant turn, to whom George Fox in his leather suit is, as it were, mostly an object of Art;8 and little remains of Quakerism but the spring-well clearness and cleanness, and the divine silence,—really one of the divinest things to a poor wearied creature on this beautiful hilltop.— Address: “W. E. Forster Esq” here; and let us know soon what is to be expected of you. Ever yours

T. Carlyle