The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO ANTHONY PANIZZI ; 11 April 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530411-TC-AP-01; CL 28: 105-106


5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea 11 April, 1853—

Dear Sir,

When I stated, on a public occasion, some year or two ago that I had not found it possible to get any private room or quiet convenient corner, for reading and studying in, at the British Museum,—there followed, if rumour did not mislead me, some contradiction on your part, as if the impossibility had only proceeded from my own want of due enquiry, of due solicitation.1

At the present time, I shall be extremely happy if that rumour have been a true one; if I actually can, by any honest industry of mine, procure a quiet place to study in, now and then, in your Establishment. For I am again in want of many helps which are in the Museum; and in the common reading-room, as new experience teaches me, I labour under sad disadvantages in using them.

If you could give me a good word of indication on this subject, certainly it would be very welcome, or I could meet you any day at the Museum, if that were furthersome or necessary. At any rate if you are obliged to refuse me, I shall know it was with regret; I shall be no worse off than at present, and shall have exhausted the shadow of likelihood there was for me.2

Believe me / Yours very sincerely

(signed) T. Carlyle

A. Pannizzi Esq.

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