October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY ; 17 October 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451017-TC-HMS-01; CL 20: 29-30


Seaforth House, 17 Octr / 1845—

Alas, dear Mrs Stanley, I have to be home tomorrow night; I could have come to you today, tho' I have been much detained by foul weather, lazy Steamers, and other accidents: but now it will not do; I must give up the beautiful adventure till a better season, which we hope will not always refuse to shew itself. I pray you be sensible of my regrets; let all parties interested be so: what can be easily understood need not be written down in words on so hurried an occasion as this.

You say you have a “favour” to ask of me which will require all the music of your voice, and cannot be put into black-on-white lest it be refused! Pray make the trial! I know not what favour, that lay within the compass of one's activity, a rational philosopher could refuse to the like of you, whether asked in writing or in speech. Try!—

Yesterday at Wigan I saw the little melancholy physiognomy of Ewart, about getting into the carriage where I was, tho' on second thoughts he decided otherwise, and better;— an Election or some Political matter, I understood, was going on there: but no Mr Stanley anywhere turned up for me.1

In great haste, with multifarious gratitudes and regrets,

My dear Mrs Stanley, / Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle