October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD ; 15 July 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460715-TC-EF-01; CL 20: 238-239


Chelsea, 15 july, 1846—

Dear Fitzgerald,

I am now about quitting London in a few days;—very much in want of a specific route, having only two quite certain elements in my projects: first that I ought as soon as possible to be among the green fields, wandering about for a while there; second, that I must end my wanderings, however they may circle in the interim, at a place called Seaforth House near Liverpool, where my Wife now is. She left me ten days ago, quite worn out with the hot confusions here; and that is to be our place of meeting. Six hours of rail could carry me thither; but I feel as if I ought to take a little roaming in the interim,—perhaps even a few days of walking, with knapsack and umbrella! Is not that latter a bold idea? I assure you it comes into my head every year;—but, alas, one's courage always fails.

The fact is, however, if I could meet you at Naseby in about a week hence, I would now actually undertake that adventure, and finish it for one thing. I might walk or ride thither by rail as I liked: I imagine we could spend two very pleasant days there, go and see Holmby House &c &c;1 and then depart refreshed for farther enterprises whatsoever these might be. What say you?

Of course I hardly expect that you will say anything but at once “No, not at all!” However it seemed to me I would ask and ascertain. I want a little walking and adventuring, sinner that I am. If you have anything else of that kind in view, independently of Naseby, but merely tending somewhither towards the North, let me hear of it, let me examine it. If nothing, give me your blessing, and let me depart alone in peace. I understood you were due here before now?

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle.