January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


TC TO HENRY INGLIS; 21 December 1829; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18291221-TC-HI-01; CL 5:47-48.


Craigenputtoch, 21st Decr [1829].

My Dear Sir,

I have only time, at this moment to thank you for your kind pleasant Letter;1 and to say that we shall be truly happy if you can find your way hither in the Holidays. There is still time if you use expedition. Cigars are in plenty; talk enough there is and to spare; and the warmest welcome can at no time be wanting. Come then, if you dare.

The ‘Leddy’ heartily unites with me in this wish to see you. At all events, she will have another Letter from you directly; being of opinion that “no Letter comes hither, with so much entertainment in it as one of Henry's has.” There is praise for you! Nay, she still calls her pony by the name of “Harry”; and few horses like him exist under the solar road.

Tongue cannot tell, much less can pen write down, how busy I am this night. Be content with this line, then; and see you make the right use of it.

I remain always, / Affectionately Your's, /

Thomas Carlyle.