April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES; 3 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490203-TC-RMM-01; CL 23: 221


Chelsea, 3 feby, 1849—

Dear Milnes,

I have not much to say about the Reading-room and Catalogues; the Museum is a place I never go to, and never think of, except on compulsion; and for above a year back I have hardly, either in body or idea, been there at all.——— But if the Commission requires my testimony, I am bound to give it; and will, with all the fidelity I can.1 Either Thursday or Friday, I think, will suit me; but you must name the hour, and tell me much more precisely where your place is, which I should probably never find otherwise.

“To believe unwisely and disbelieve unwisely,”—this, in far more important cases than the Squire one, is the most flagrant summary a man can give of what “want of wisdom generally”2 he labours under! Suspicion, scepticism, doubt by itself doubt,3 and a mind not built together but gone all to idle drifting whirlpools: these are not beautiful issues to arrive at!

Heaven love you always, you perverse mortal.

Yours truly /

T. Carlyle