July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JAMES SPEDDING ; 3 October 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18471003-TC-JS-01; CL 22: 113-114


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan 3 octr, 1847—

Dear Spedding,

Friday is the day fixed for Wigton, unless I hear from you to the contrary: I would say Thursday, except that, on a careful survey of the course of posts, I do not find it certain that there would be time for your communicating with me in that case. We will therefore say Friday,—at Wigton, if Heaven will, at 50 minutes past 10 a.m. as the official program indicates. I will stay till Monday; then you must speed me on my way to Kendal, and Chelsea,—where, if the Silences I often speak of had any real authority with me, I am due long since!

It did not fully strike me till this morning what an extortionate bargain I have made with you, the distance of Wigton from either of your places so enormous! It is not fair: but you proposed it yourself; so stand by it

I expect your Brother to be with us, if we are not with him, all the time.1— And Laurence? His Portrait of me,2 covered with gauze of a yellow tinge, looks dreadfully tragical in this house; but is a great favourite with my Mother and the Public of Middlebie Parish.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle