The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 20 December 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531220-TC-JN-01; CL 28: 343


The Grange, 20 decr, 1853

Dear Neuberg,

Please send that Book at once,—addressed to Lord Ashburton, thro' the Post: you have to put sixpence worth of stamps on it, for whh I will be answerable when we settle the Struensee. Put Ballantyne's name and address in the inside of the Book if it is not there already: that will at least give it a chance of being returned: at all events it is considerably desired here, and will be worth losing on such terms. If Ballantyne have any “Article” of the kind you mention, I doubt not it would also be welcome.1 I bid you address Lord A. direct, because it is not now so certain that I shall be here till the end of the week: in fact, had it not been that Painters are in the House at Chelsea and no ruhiges Zimmer [quiet room] there for me, I should have gone today, with Mrs C. who is off thither on hasty business (that of the cocks, next door!), and does not mean to come back here— I also, and for additional reasons, am anxious to be gone.— You said once there was at Wilsden2 House a perfectly quiet bedroom: is that so; or is it only perfectly quiet to you? It is now some 16 months since I have been in any place where I could be humanly confident of being allowed to sleep: and the grievance begins now to become rather formidable!— —

Address to Ld A., and put your own name and the date on the outside at a corner: that will do.

In haste / Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle