The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO COVENTRY PATMORE ; 22 July 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500722-TC-CP-01; CL 25: 123


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 22 july 1850

My dear Sir,

Thanks for your two Essays;1 both of which I have looked over, and find to abound in studious exactness, discernment and ingenuity: two Papers very welcome indeed, I shd think to all architects and critics of architecture. To myself, as to every one, the spiritual qualities manifest in what you say, are very welcome. Unhappily I have next to no knowledge of architecture;—and in late years (must I blush to own?) absolutely no care whatever about it,—except to keep well out of the way of it, and of the twaddle too commonly uttered upon it! So that except on general grounds I am a very bad reader for you.

On Friday unluckily I am not to be at home: do not come that day. Your best time is about 3 in the afternoon,—almost any afternoon;—in the evening also abt 7 o'clock, there is free ingress, and little chance of a disappointt.2

Believe me / Yours with many thanks & regards

T. Carlyle