July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO AN UNKNOWN CORRESPONDENT; 30 April 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370400-TC-UC-01; CL 9:200-201.


Chelsea, Friday Evg [late April, early May, 1837–40]

My dear Sir,

How happy should I be to attend you, were my nerves like those of other men! But I am dyspeptic, bilious,—a dinner after six at night ruins me for ten days; and there are three fatal weeks of Lecturing ahead of me. With far more reluctance than you will readily give me credit for, I have to admit that the clear precept of reason is: Deny thyself, and stay at home!

I pray you to pity me, and bring my good friends to do the like;— yet with hope, were the Lectures and East winds over!

I remain always / Very truly yours /

T. Carlyle