October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO LADY DOWNSHIRE ; 7 May 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570507-TC-LDO-01; CL 32: 143


Chelsea, 7 May, 1857—

Dear Lady Downshire,

Your benevolent permission to come out and see you at East Hampstead1 is not likely to be forgotten here; and accordingly there are fine projects on foot among us, which shall be executed one day. Why not now? Summer is here in all its glory; the May flowers all out,—and “May butter” (as I can testify by late experiments) worthy of all its old renown!—

On me, alas the hand of the Printer is heavy; the Printer, and a sad coil of other confusions, accumulated in unusual weight at present, forbid me to think of May or the flowers of East Hampstead. But my Wife, I can gather, would like very well to come for a day or two (tho’ this is a bit of a secret, in abeyance of me for escort);—and indeed I privately think, if Mr Plattnauer2 come out one of these days, and carried her over to you, for a brief glimpse of what she likes so well, it might be a pretty and useful thing.— Of course consulting her first, in a duly explicit manner;—but he knows her address!

Believe me, / Dear Madam, / Yours with many regards, / T. Carlyle.