The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO HARRIET MARTINEAU ; 15 June 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530615-TC-HMA-01; CL 28: 172-173


15 June 1853

[A letter about the editor of Fraser's Magazine, who TC thinks is “the man ‘Mrs Harris’ of some effective Mrs Gamp;—that, in short, the real manager, or Mrs Gamp of the affair, is young Parker the Publisher.”1 He went on:] We have at length the loveliest summer weather here too; and the southwestern winds, after these 16 hours of rain we have had, come fresh and balmy upon this corner of dirty London almost as they do on Ambleside itself. But I confess I envy greatly the solitude of your pretty Westmoreland Cottage; above all, the silence of it;—and would fly at once to some such place, if I had wings—which I haven't! The noises of this chaotic monster of a city, which increases fearfully in the summer, are of late one of the heaviest evils connected with it for me.