August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO H. I. MERTON ; 29 March 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440329-TC-HIM-01; CL 17: 323


Chelsea, London, 29 March / 1844—


I am truly shocked to receive, this moment, a Letter of yours dated three weeks ago: on the 6th of March you, in the most courteous manner invite me to a duty highly honourable to me; and now, the day after it should have taken effect, I for the first time hear of the message! The Parcel was sent to my Booksellers; many Parcels come to them, rarely Parcels of much moment, and hardly ever of any pressing haste; the rule is therefore, as I live four miles off, that only Letters are forwarded direct, and the Parcels come in a lump, at the end of the month, with new Magazines.

It is too late now to say that I should have felt myself honoured by your invitation, that I should have regretted much not to accept it;—or to say anything except that I am heartily sorry; that nobody can wish better to your praiseworthy Institution1 than I do; and that I hope the Committee never imputed my silence to any other cause than some such accident as it now turns out to have in fact proceeded from.

Allow me to congratulate my estimable friend Mr Cameron2 on the success of his and your labours; and to bid you all, with many go[od] wishes, go on unweariedly in your honourable and humane exertions.

In great haste / I subscribe myself

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle

H. I. Merton Esq / Secy &c &c