January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD ; 4 May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430504-TC-EF-01; CL 16: 154-155


Chelsea, 4 May, 1843—

Dear Fitzgerald,

I will go next week, if you like, and if Spedding will go with me,1—so soon as the coast is clear. Thursday or Wednesday would do well enough for me:2 but we ought to wait till the Rent affairs and etceteras are all settled; and you alone are left upon the ground:—to wait, were it even into the following week. Get Spedding to undertake it, and to come down to me and consult. I will vote for being lodged where the Tobacco is; that is to say, in the Farm establishment.3 I know of no other likely man but Spedding; a man that will sit silent, and let his fellow creatures sit dull and silent, “as stupid and ugly as they like to be”;4 an invaluable kind of man!

You mentioned some Pamphlets about Okey etc.5 which you had seen. If you will give me the titles or description of them, I will spend another headache in the Museum in examining what they say. I have all your Letters; if you have mine,6 we can read them together, and make the whole matter alive again, which has grown somewhat dimmer with me than it was last year.

Settle with Spedding; and let him take the affair on his shoulders!

Yours always /

T. Carlyle