The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO ROBERT BROWNING ; 1 December 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18411201-TC-RB-01; CL 13: 308


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 1 Decr 1841—

My dear Sir,

The sight of your Card instead of yourself, the other day when I came down stairs, was a real vexation to me. The orders here are rigorous: “Hermetically sealed till 2 o'clock!” But had you chanced to ask for my Wife, she would have guessed that you formed an exception, and would have brought me down. We must try it another way. For example:

The evenings at present, when not rainy, are bright with moonlight. We are to be at home on friday night, and alone: could you not be induced to come and join us? Tea is at six or half past six.— If you say nothing, let us take silence for Yes, and expect you!

Or if another night than friday will suit you better, propose another; and from me in like manner, let no answer mean Yes and welcome.

At any rate contrive to see me.1

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle