TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 20 January 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410120-TC-WDC-01; CL 13: 19-20
TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE
Chelsea, Wednesday [20 January 1841].
I rejoice to find you still busy,—visible or invisible.
Were it not for the frightful four miles of mud and frost-fog, I would gladly be with you tomorrow night: but really it is frightful; almost equal I think to swimming of the Hellespont in that Greek climate of Leander's!1
But do you want me at the Library Office tomorrow by daylight! We will say 3 o'clock, and decide on punctuality. Or if you do not like tomorrow, call it Friday, and warn me.
Cochrane, two days ago, apprises me that he is still a candidate; that he is rapidly printing Testimonials &c. I had given it as my notion that the Lady-day2 was not fatal.
Washbourne seemed to me a sensible, goodtempered, active, useful-looking man. He professes to be no great Bibliographer, ignorant indeed except of English (I think); but he could buy Books &c very well. I have seen Haas too and Baynes,3—the latter of them a shrewd kind of man.
Now, let us meet tomorrow;—unless you wish to be excommunicated!
Yours always /