The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO MARY RICH ; 2 August 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400802-TC-MRI-01; CL 12: 216-217


Chelsea, 2 Augt, 1840—

Dear Mrs Rich,

Many thanks for your kind message with the Woolwich Newspaper. It is unfortunately not in my power to comply.1 My long-projected “rural ride” has issued in an expedition to the Sussex coast for a week; and I am off today! I hope to return stronger; with the spirit of the everlasting Ocean-salt in me.

I am always glad to hear that Mr Scott speaks; it is a sign for me that he has got something to say. I think there are many mortals in this country waiting to hear him. My notion generally is that he has never yet got into the right topic or dialect for these days. But who is there that in this matter can prescribe for another? We must seek honestly, try honestly, and we shall find.

Linlathen lies in the reverse direction at present! Nevertheless I do not yet give up the daydream of seeing you there this autumn. I have two Lectures to “report” on my return; and am then ready for another sally. Saint Thomas and Sinner Thomas,2 with you for a Mediatrix, might make a very pretty party!

With kind regards to the Scotts, to Mr Erskine, to the Wedgwoods first of all,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle.

Last night I had a Note from Miss Ferrar,3 partly on the same subject as yours. As you are likely to see Miss Ferrar, will you take charge of explaining to her, with many respects, how I am situated. My haste is very great.