October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 20 February 1832; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18320220-TC-JHLH-01; CL 6:135-136.


4. Ampton Street, Gray's Inn Road 20th Feby, 1832.

Dear Sir,

I stay at home daily (scribbling) till after two o'clock; and shall be truly glad, any morning, to meet in person a man whom I have long, in spirit, seen and esteemed.1

Both my Wife and I, however, would reckon it a still greater favour, could you come at once in the evening, and take tea with us; that our interview might be the longer and freer. Might we expect you, for instance, on Wednesday night?2 Our hour is six o'clock but we will alter it in any way to suit you.

We venture to make this proposal, because our stay in Town is now likely to be short, and we should be sorry to miss having free speech with you.

Believe me, / Dear Sir, / Very sincerely yours / Thomas Carlyle.3