TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT ; 27 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430127-TC-AJS-01; CL 16: 36-37
TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT
Chelsea, 27 jany, 1843—
Many thanks for Dunlop; thanks also for your hint of this morning, which I understand!
I investigated forthwith, with much satisfaction, the “attempt to cut Oliver down”; a valiant and very honest attempt on the part of our good John,—tho' the rope proves a little toughish for him, good man!1
I did not write straightway in answer; because I had to be in Lewisham in a few days, and hoped to get across to Woolwich with the thing in my pocket as I returned. Alas, at Lewisham I found myself “seven miles of intimate country” from Plumstead;2 with a sleep-less night close in the rear of me, and a thing they call lumbago, as if the Tigre National3 had struck his claws into my back: I was totally inadequate for Woolwich that day! I wrapt up the printed leaves, and laid them in the shelf with your address; hoping you might call soon; and now, failing that, here under the escort of your two blue stamps they return to you.
Do not fail to come and see me whenever you get to Town. I will see Woolwich too before very long.
I am writing a kind of “Tract for the Times,” of some extent, not in the Pusey vein.4 Wish me well thro' it.
Adieu, dear Scott,
Yours ever truly /