April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO C. G. DUFFY; 26 July 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490726-TC-CGD-01; CL 24: 147


Lisnagry (Limerick) 26 july 1849.—

Dear Duffy,—Tomorrow (Thursday) I go on, in the way of posting Cars, with Mr Richard Bourke (who still keeps possession of me here) to Gort;1 shall pass the night at Gort, if all prosper, and am there to learn among other things the proper road to Gweedore: after which, on Friday morning, by the same Coach you this morning occupy, I arrive alone at Galway. Mr Bourke, an extensive Poor-Law Inspector, hopes after that to contrive some opportunity of looking at Westport or even Ballina (which is his special quarter) on the route towards Sligo: but this of course still depends; and only the arrival in Galway, where you of course are to be expected in person, is yet fixed.

If the Hôtel is not “Kilroy's,” I have forgotten it. Or perhaps the Coach itself will spontaneously land me there? Otherwise perhaps you might wisely send some “Boots” or other the like Official to be in waiting for me.

The day is balm and sunshine itself; and grateful is the prospect to me of spending it mostly in silence,—sauntering among these graves, “thinking and smoking tobacco” as the Poet's old Precept is.2

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Quaker Unthank3 was worth all the other men I saw in Limerick; only my time was too brief.