August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO LADY ASHBURTON; 23 October 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461023-TC-LAAL-01; CL 21:78-79.


Chelsea, 23 octr, 1846—

Dear Lady Ashburton,

We will come to you right willingly; and stay for a week, if you do not tire of us sooner: but it must be on Tuesday, I doubt, or even Wednesday;—on Monday at latest, tomorrow if possible, I will write, appointing day and hour.1

Let us hope for some short “St Martin's Summer,”2 which is still due this season, after such weather; and a sight of you in good health once more.

We saw your Highland rovers,3 looking quite brisk and well to live, after all their vagrancies; there ought to be some embargo laid upon them now, strict order to sit still!— You can tell the Lady Harriet we are in the dolefullest condition today, quite downbroken and disconsolate; having had to dine with “the Chorleys” yesternight,—a human woe which her humane mind will know how to sympathize with!—

Always, dear Lady Ashburton

Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle