The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO LEIGH HUNT ; 30 July 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380700-TC-JHLH-01; CL 10: 140-141


[July–August? 1838]

My dear Sir— I saw Baron Alzdorf1 last night, and made a kind of conditional promise to him that I “would go if I could.” The meaning of the subjunctive mood is that I am to be out (what is very unusual with me) tonight too and on Saturday, and am like to have my poor nerves shattered all to shreds. I cannot yet be indicative. The prospect of your company up and down is my greatest or almost only chance. But be not guided by me. Be indicative for yourself; and think that I shall regret much if I cannot go with you. He seems a very good fellow the Baron.— Adieu! Ever yours

T. C.