April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO THOMAS BINNEY; 15 March 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490315-TC-TBI-01; CL 23: 250-251


5 Gt Cheyne Row, Chelsea 15 March, 1849—

Dear Sir,

I like your Lecture on Buxton, as I run over it, very well; and am much obliged by that mark of your attention.

If you will take the trouble to come so far, on Monday Evg about 7 o'clock, you will find my Wife and me, with the Teakettle near boiling; no other company that I know of;—and very happy to have a little discourse with you on the occasion.

Gilfillan is a little awkward: I wish somebody, more familiar with him than I, would put him in mind that such procedure is quite unwarrantable, and contrary to the tacit engagement every man enters into with another in beginning to converse at all. Not one, or hardly one, of the few times I have ever met him but he forthwith emits some rubbishy account of the affair—very regardless of several quite evident considerations.1 The man has otherwise an undeniable worth; but this practice decidedly is not tolerable,—and will have results for him, if he do not abandon it.

Believe me / Yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle