The Collected Letters, Volume 2


TC TO JANE BAILLIE WELSH; 12 August 1822; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18220812-TC-JBW-01; CL 2:156-157.


3. Moray-street, Monday [12 August 1822]—

My dear Friend,

I grieve to trouble you again so soon, and about so very unimportant a matter as the present; but there is no alternative. I am going down to Annandale this week; and I find I cannot go quietly without at least attempting to see you (particularly as I have little chance of such another opportunity for a considerable time); or attempt to see you without permission. Tell me, therefore, whether I may come out some morning by the nine o'clock Coach—speak with you for two hours—and return hither in the evening,—without creating any inconvenience to you. If not, I shall submit implicitly to your wishes, and proceed homewards without discontentment on that head. But if yes, then I have got Tragedies and poems and prospects and resolves and a hundred things to talk of and listen to beside you. To-morrow I shall get your letter—at least if you write by the Coach: next day I shall either come, or know that I am not to come.

I remain always, / Your Affectionate Friend, /

Thomas Carlyle—