April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 29 June 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490629-TC-JN-01; CL 24: 86


Chelsea, Friday 28 [29] june 1849—

Dear Mr Neuberg,

Whatever your answer be tomorrow, I already find on reflexion that the thought of Nottingham and your hospitable home is nothing but a cowardly shirking from the real tug of difficulty, which first of all presents itself to me, in the shape of a Steam Voyage “by the Athlone” round by the Southern Coast and the Land's End1 to Dublin: a most ugly operation, but one predetermined on, and which no cowardice ought to make one flinch from! Alas, I go by that route tomorrow; and your hospitable program, if you have formed one (which means, I think, if you are at home), is already cancelled: I shall be near London Bridge on my voyage about the time your answer arrives here! Mrs Carlyle in about a week afterwards will explain everything, my part is to go by this ugly route, instead of sneaking from it for a pleasanter one.

Nottingham I mean to try if I can hit on my return hitherward. If I do not see it while you are there, it will be a disappointment.

With many kind regards / Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle