TC TO LADY STANLEY; 31 May 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540531-TC-LST-01; CL 29: 106-107
TC TO LADY STANLEY
Chelsea, 31 May, 1854—
Dear Lady Stanley,—Do not be angry at me: here are 3 of a Bundle of Papers I have got; one you are to keep for your own behoof; the other 2 you are, with your accustomed benevolence, to “leave where they may be useful,”—that is to say, where young gentn ambitious [for]1 a German education are thought to exist.
I have known this Mr Wilson a long time; and can fearlessly describe him as an honourable, well-bred, well-conditioned, cultivated, ingenious and amiable man. What he says of Weimar I know also to be quite true;2—to which it may be added that the best dialect of German is spoken in those parts; and that the Town is very quiet, clean, and the region understood to be wholesome. These are facts; which may perhaps concern certain persons in your sphere.
For the rest, if your Ladyship is very impatient, and cannot stand such a thing in this top of the season,—throw the Papers into the fire; and dismiss me and them, with a free pardon!— I sent this Wilson to the young Duchess of Weimar,3 at her request, for a grand “Institution” she has been setting up; and he pleases greatly, as I expected; which practically ought to finish my account with him for the present, unless the remaining items be easy rather than otherwise.
We never see you; I never see you; tho' I call occasionally. I suppose I must persist, tho' unsuccessful. The fates have not been kind to me at all in these latter times; but we must not growl at their ill usage, perhaps it will improve. Good be with you always, dear Lady Stanley. Yours ever truly
The Lady Stanley of Alderley (t.o.)