October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO ALLAN CUNNINGHAM; 12 October 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18311012-TC-ACU-01; CL 6:14-15.


4. Ampton Street, / Mecklenburg Swuare, / Thursday [12 October 1831]—

My Dear Friend,

My Leddy has been here for the last fortnight; and, were not the distance so great, would perhaps, in spite of ceremony, have been in Pimlico before this time. Could not you, who have long limbs and a true heart, walk hither, and save her the trouble? Come on Sunday afternoon: you will find us at Coffee, about six o'clock; and delighted to see you.

If Mrs. Cunningham can walk with you, it will of course be a double and threefold pleasure: but otherwise, as the whole business is not worth coach hire, I am charged to say that her card will be accepted instead; and in due time repaid not in kind but by actual value. Come then, if you possibly can.

My MS. after various hitherings and thitherings lies quiet in its drawer; waiting for better days. I suppose the Reform Bill must be passed first, or perhaps the World (as some Millennarians1 think) altogether brought to a Conclusion. Either way, one ought to be, like the Annandale Johnstones, “in readiness.”2

My Brother is probably crossing the Jura today on the road for Geneva and Turin. I had a letter from him out of Paris this week; whereby it seemed that all went favourably.

Believe me ever, / My Dear C. / Faithfully Your's /

T. Carlyle—

Best Compliments to Mr & Mrs Dylke,3 if you see them.