JBW TO THOMAS CARLYLE; 6 December 1821; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18211200-JBW-TC; CL 1:404.
JBW TO THOMAS CARLYLE
Friday [? December 1821]
I am quite ashamed of having kept the books so long— A series of engagements which have most cruelly massacred my time since my return home is the only apology I have to offer for myself—
You would receive from Mr Irving the second volume of Alfieri which, by mistake, I read first—
Your attention in supplying me with so much amusement and edification deserves from me the strongest expressions of gratitude—but, as unfortunately I have not come into the world with the gift of making speeches, I must leave it to your imagination to supply all that I ought to say