August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO STEPHEN SPRING RICE ; 30 September 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430930-TC-SSR-01; CL 17: 145-146


Chelsea, 30 Septr, 1843—

Dear Spring Rice,

You are very kind to remember me, to ask me out again to see you.1 Alas, such a pleasure is far from my poor circle of possibilities at present! I must have the work on “The Future” done,2—some work done,—before I go to see any friend whatever. How long that will be the Gods and the Fatal Sisters3 alone know. Long enough;—a long dreary time, not yet to be counted in months!

I have been on foot incessantly, a mere Wandering Jew, ever since the end of June; in Wales, England, Scotland, over mountain and chasm, thro' town and desart, by sea and land: I returned home three weeks ago, the weariest mortal in all England; full of remorse too; and am daily busy getting my workshop set in order, that I may begin working,—or else go mad! Come you and see me, when you are in Town and westward. At all events, give me your prayers.—

I rejoiced to hear that my little sea-hero has made money. If you ever see him, remember me very kindly to him.4

May blessings be upon you and yours. I recommend myself in all fealty to the Hon. Lady;5 and am and remain, from the heart,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle