January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO HELEN MACKENZIE ; 5 August 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450805-TC-HDM-01; CL 19: 128-129


Chelsea, 5 August, 1845—

Dear Mrs Mackenzie,

I am very sorry it is altogether impossible to have the pleasure of waiting upon you at present. I have been for many months, and am still, in a frightful state of toil and trouble; worn down with Devils (Printers' and others) almost to extinction;—not permitted to go out to any place at all. Two hours daily I spend in riding, to keep life in; the rest of my time is passed in a whirlpool of papers and confusions, frightful to think of;—happily now promising to abate in some weeks, which is the only comfort of it. Till then I am and have been an enchanted man.

I will wish you all manner of pleasure and instruction in Germany; and with many kind regards to your brave Captain and brave Self,

Remain always / Very sincerely Yours

T. Carlyle