January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN RUSKIN ; 27 March 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560327-TC-JRU-01; CL 31: 56


Chelsea, 27 March, 1856—

Dear Ruskin,

I learn for certain (tho' I have not Southey's Book1 by me) that the Stanhope phrase imputed to Nelson is not an error, but unfortunately as good as correct: “A peerage or Westr Abbey!” said the Admiral, in very deed, before the Battle of Aboukir went off;2—a saying proving the existence of not a little wind in the heroic Admiral!

Do not, therefore, pitch into poor Stanhope about it, at least not till you have ascertained!—

Every morning lately there are Denmark Hill Eggs here, rare in quality, and agreeable even to the human mind; which pleasantly recall the visit we had.3 Let there be another at much shorter interval, we pray you;——quàm primùm [as soon as possible]: why not?

My wife is still weak; but gets out when the sun is shining or the wind in a safe quarter.— I am pretty nearly brokenhearted in these Prussian Dust-Whirlpools; yet shall get out if I live.—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle