candlestick

1840


The Collected Letters, Volume 12


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TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 1 May 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400501-TC-UC-01; CL 12: 130


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT

Chelsea, Friday Evg [1 May? 1840]

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