April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO WILLIAM BONE and JOHN GRAY ; 6 July 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440706-TC-WBAJG-01; CL 18: 107


Chelsea, London, 6 july, 1844—


I have received your obliging Invitation to the Burns Festival;1 and beg to express myself very sensible of the honour you do me.

It would have given me real pleasure to assist in any Public Testimony, as rational and earnest as our times permit, of the reverence entertained by Scotland towards this the most gifted of all her sons for some generations past; one whom she has good cause to look upon with gratitude, with pride,—and, alas, also with various other feelings, wherein sorrow, self-reproach, and determination to treat her next gifted one a little more wisely, should not be wanting!

Unluckily, however, the state of my engagements threatens to detain me here thro' August; and I shall only be able to contribute to your Meeting my sympathies, thanks and good wishes.

With many acknowledgements, I have the honour to be,

Gentlemen, / Your most obedt servt

T. Carlyle

To Messrs Bone and Gray
Hon. Secys &c2