January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY ; 31 May 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420531-TC-HMS-01; CL 14: 195


Chelsea, Tuesday Morng [31 May 1842]

Alas, my dear Mrs Stanley, I cannot come to you! I am so full of headaches, heartaches, idleness and consequent misery and contemptibility, I have had to decide on three weeks of total silence, and go out nowhither!

If virtue mean, as I have generally found it, the doing of something horribly disagreeable, and refusing to do something that seems the pleasantest thing in the world,—then I am from this moment on the road of virtue. Pray for me!—

Your unfortunate / T. Carlyle

Pray thank Mr Stanley again for his kindness to the poor Widow and me.1 I have written to Jeffrey, who approves, and will cooperate; I have thereupon written to Wilson:2 may the Fates be favourable.