July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 10 March 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480310-TC-RMM-01; CL 22: 267-268


Chelsea, 10 March, 1848—

Dear Milnes,

I dare say, by a little exertion of your influence you could get Emerson admitted, upon the footing of a “distinguished stranger,” to have access to the Athenaeum during his stay here?1 It would be very kind, fit, and hospitable in you to do so. E. is perfectly a “gentleman,” and what is still more interesting, of the American type (a rare species, I think!): a man produceable in any society, and whom it will not be disgraceful but honourable to recommend.

Pray think of this, like a good fellow as you are,—and tell Emerson that it is done, on Tuesday Evg when you see him at Bancroft's;2 for I know he wants it, and will take it as a real kindness of you. For the rest, he knows nothing of this project; having only asked me to introduce him to some such thing as the Reading Room of the London Library, which I had to tell him was not possible.

Finally if you cannot do what I suggest, tell me to whom else I can apply.

If you are doing nothing on Sunday Evg, I rather think Emerson will be here;3—but you, I suppose, are comforting Louis-Philippe, or studying the stupendous spectacle of Jupiter de Lamartine, and have little leisure for sublunary matters!4 Are not these rare times for Royalty and its judicious friends?—

Ever yours /

T. Carlyle