July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO MARY RICH ; 24 March 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480324-TC-MRI-01; CL 22: 278-279


Chelsea, 24 March, 1848—

My dear Mrs Rich,

Many thanks for Ruffini's Letter; which I have read with interest, and here return.1The good John seems to anticipate a much smoother and speedier solution of that enormous French Business than I can manage to calculate upon: indeed I think there never was seen in all History such a spectacle of a great Nation given up utterly to No-Government; plunging down, like one huge cataract, into what abysses and boiling confusions no man can foretell! But it is the case with Europe universally; all Europe is going to try No-Government (which is anarchy) instead of False-Government:—and indeed we must say it is the natural step, for them, towards True-Government; so they must even work the matter out now;—and I suppose it may take them not months but generations and centuries. Our turn, I calculate farther, will come before long: might we be a little readier for it, if we could!

I wish I could get as far as the house you indicate: but alas I am not in walking trim, and it is hardly once in the three months that my steps get beyond the Piccadilly region. Will not the fair Pilgrims drive down hither some day, and ask for my Wife?

I have seen nothing of Scott,2 in spite of your admonition.

Believe me always / Dear Mrs Rich / Yours most truly

T. Carlyle