April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JAMES DODDS ; 4 May 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440504-TC-JADO-01; CL 18: 34


CHELSEA, 4th May, 1844

MY DEAR SIR,— Several weeks ago I received a very pleasant letter from you which has never yet been in any way acknowledged. Nothing can exceed the hurry one is kept in here. I prefer writing you even this much to absolute silence, which, in some bad hour, you might interpret otherwise.

My interview with you in Edinburgh remains very clear and very pleasant.1 The sight of your face, of your indomitable laughing eyes, gives new assurance; your whole way of life seemed to me of good augury. With thews and sinews such as these, a man who will walk along steadfastly, regardless of the weather and wayside provocations, is sure enough to make some handsome journey of it. Right good speed to you! My best wishes go with you always; and if there be at any time any help or service I can lend you, fear not to ask it. With many kind regards and good hopes, and begging you to remember me affectionately to the Gordons,2—I am, in great haste, yours always truly,