January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO LADY STANLEY ; 10 March 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590310-TC-LST-01; CL 35: 51-52


Chelsea, 10 March, 1859

Dear Lady Stanley,

Unfortunately,—or perhaps fortunately, who shall say?—my Wife had engaged Dickenses1 (on some “business” Dickens says he has)2 to come that same Tuesday Evg. But for this there wd have been a very great temptation; followed probably by a great repentance (and headache of six days), had any virtue given way!— I will, call one of these afternoons with Note of the Military Books:3 I am very serious in wishing that you should be serious abt it. The Brith Officer4 is a solecism among his fellow creatures in these ages! Yr Young man5 has plenty of talent; may rise to be Genl &c and, if he really study his busss till he in the least understands what it is, and has by all rational mortals been recognized to be, he may prove importt to his country one day!—

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle