The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO CHARLES REDWOOD ; 26 July 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500726-TC-CR-01; CL 25: 125-126


Chelsea, 26 july, 1850—

Dear Redwood,—I now know not in the least what to do! Landor answers, cordially pressing me not only to call on him but to stay over night with him at Bath:1 but alas, on looking at the Steamboat Advertisets, I perceive there is no boat attainable at all after “Friday,” which is this day. Wedy itself is 9½ a.m. from Bristol, and out of Bath there is no train that will land me at Bristol till after that date! Of Cardiff and the Merthyr or Swansea Rail I can make nothing from this imbroglio of a Guide!— — We must on the whole let it lie, till I study farther. Two hot days would send me swiftly out of this in some direction:—but at present the weather is cool and even wet. On Monday morning, at any rate, I am ready to go; and will go as soon after that as I find feasible. The train that suits me seems to leave Paddington at 12½ p.m. a very good hour,—had there been a boat in the rear of it!

We can say nothing more at present; I will write to you again tomorrow or Sunday: if there is an evening mail to Cowbridge, the Note may perhaps reach you on Monday.

I am weak, and worn to pieces.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle