The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY ; 13 April 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400413-TC-HMS-01; CL 12: 107


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea, / Monday morng [13 April? 1840]

My dear Mrs Stanley,

On Saturday afternoon and evening I was from home, and did not so much as see your kind Note1 till it was too late. To see yourself and the other queens of Beauty, and Brilliancies and Notabilities, was a mere Barmecide happiness, allotted me only in vision for that evening. Hunt too, as I understand, was already engaged, and could not have gone Perhaps I may be lucky enough to find you, one of these mornings, when I propose to call.

It will behove me also to give up parties for this season. I seem to be fixed to lecture: “on Heroes”—from the Creation downwards!—“Sport to you but death to us!”2 Pity me.

Yours ever faithfully /

T. Carlyle.