July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 7 August 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550807-TC-JN-01; CL 30: 17


Chelsea, 7 Augt, 1855—

Dear Neuberg,

Thanks for your gleanings about Dettingen &c (that last “Letter” you excerpt from is in the Gentleman's Magazine): I must go myself and look into Stille and a good many of those old corners. What a pity for me the “British Museum” had not still slept in chaos with Panizzi in the belly of it; I might then have got at the King's Library without headache.1 But we must take things as they are.

We expected you last Sunday Evg; and concluded at last you were still at Brighton.2 I myself go off tomorrow for the Suffolk Coast, to Fitzgerald's whom you have seen; who asserts the singular solitude, airiness &c of his quarters;—who at least commands some sort of sea-bathing with immunity from nocturnal noises; and is one of the most courteous delicate and friendly souls now breathing. I am to stay with him for a week. “Farlinghey Hall, nr Woodbridge, Suffolk”: that is the address, if you have anything to ask, or the impulse to tell me anything, by way of breaking the solitude. I take down some books: but design to be as idle and as silent as is well possible.

My wife is here still: if I found good sea-water in Suffolk, and lodgings to suit (as is possible), we may bring her thither without my leaving; otherwise she knows (thro Tait) of some place in Sussex,3 and will set off (shortly, but not this week, I guess) thither on her own score. That is all the news.

There are two Pieces here, on Dettingen and on Fontenoy, susceptible of being copied (with omissions, that is an essential point): but there is not the least hurry in respect of them. And so adieu for a little while.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle