The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO OCTAVIAN BLEWITT ; 21 March 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530321-TC-OB-01; CL 28: 85


Chelsea, 21 March, 1853—

My dear Sir,

I am quite ashamed to answer again in the negative; indeed I am. But the truth is, I am below par in health for some months past; and in all states of health, I am sure to be so miserable, and to get so much damage, in any crowded meeting, especially when Dining and Public Speaking are the business,—I have really no resource but to avoid all such engagements, however much to my regret otherwise on some occasions.

You will oblige me very much if you will get this Scotch bit of Paper turned into money at your Banker's, and place it to account of the Literary Fund, with my grateful testimonies and best wishes on behalf of that institution. As I said once already, this Institution does, by such methods as there are, a thing indispensable, and which there is nothing else here to do: it seems to me all Literary Persons in particular, who are not themselves reduced to absolute poverty, are bound to bear witness, in some way, that they at least wish it heartily well.

My Banker being Scotch, yours I believe will have some formality, some waiting of days I think, to go thro'; but no doubt he knows the method; and for myself there is no other course so short.

Believe me, / Dear Sir / Yours with many thanks

T. Carlyle

To / Octn Blewitt Esq, Secy &c &c (with Draught for £5. 5).