April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON ; 20 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480620-TC-RWE-01; CL 23: 54-55


Chelsea, 20 june, 1848—

Dear Emerson,

We shall be very glad to become acquainted with Mrs Crowe, of whom already by report we know many favourable things.1 Brown (of Portobello, Edinburgh) had given us intimation of her kind purposes towards Chelsea;2 and now on Thursday you (please the Pigs3) shall see the adventure achieved.— Two o'clock, not one, is the hour when labour ceases here,—if, alas, there be any “labour” so much as got begun; which latter is often enough the sad case. But at either hour we shall be ready for you.

I hope you penetrated the Armida Palace, and did your devoir to the sublime Duchess and her Luncheon yesterday!4 I cannot without a certain internal amusement (foreign enough to my present humour) represent to myself such a conjunction of opposite stars! But you carry a new image off with you, and are a gainer, you. Allons [Forward].

My Papers here are in a state of distraction, state of despair! I see not what is to become of them and me.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

N.B. The Letter-Cover with a stamp worked into it, is already a stamped cover; and needs no new stamp, except the weight exceed half an ounce! How many additional pence, flung away in this manner, may you have given the Queen since you came among us!


My Wife arose without headache on Monday morning; but feels still a good deal beaten;—has not had “such a headache” for several years.5