July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO WILLIAM CHARLES MACREADY; 17 October 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18371017-TC-WCM-01; CL 9:332-333.


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 17th October, 1837—

Dear Sir,

Very unexpectedly I find myself honoured with a Free Ticket to Covent Garden for the present season. It is very flattering, very munificent. How I have merited such a favour on your part,1 or in what way I am ever to repay it, remains very obscure to me. The greater ought to be my thanks, my desire that I could in some way repay it.

You have and had my cordial wishes, with those I should think of all reasonable men, for the manful enterprise I understand you to be engaged in. Succeed in it for the honour of England!2 It is something always to have believed in something else than the gullibility and puffability of men. A sign that there is something else in one's own nature than that.

I beg you to believe me always

Yours with thanks and esteem /

T. Carlyle.