August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO ELIZABETH RIGBY ; 28 February 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440228-TC-ELRI-01; CL 17: 284-285


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 28 feby 1844—

Dear Miss Rigby,

I am shocked to discover that, in a moment of enthusiasm, I have voluntarily promised what it is not in my power to perform! On my poor shelves there appears nowhere any Swedish Grammar; nothing but a wretched tatter of a Danish Grammar, too ugly for being touched by you;—and this latter, I begin to see, was what figured in my prophetic fancy last night:1 the fond Illusion of an excuse for seeing you a second time! Such phantasms attend us on our earthly pilgrimage. You must pity me and pardon me.

With many kind wishes, and at least one kind remembrance,

I am and remain

Yours most sincerely

T. Carlyle