July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JAMES CARLYLE ; 23 November 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18471123-TC-JC-01; CL 22: 167-168


Chelsea, Tuesday (23 Novr) 1847

Dear Jamie,

Here is Stewart's Letter about Satter; which does not run in a very encouraging strain. The place is not to be sold separately, unless they cannot help it; and the price is a £500 beyond expectation!1 Nay I have not so much money; and it would not do to get into debt for such an object.— However, there may much happen before the actual sale; and I should think it likely that buyers might be rather scarce for them in such a season as this. What I want you to do therefore is (at your leisure and deliberately) to make up your mind to a guess what the place is really worth by the year: I will then write again to Stewart, intimating that I do not think of trying to give beyond so-and-so, but that I should like to hear before the place is actually sold. This will do:—and you need not be advised that silence (so far as possible) in regard to such a matter will be eligible: say nothing of my purpose to anybody; nothing of the thing at all, that you can help.

We are well here keeping up in spite of very changeable weather; the Town getting crowded again, owing to the Meeting of Parliament. I had a long walk yesterday, but it seems only to have stirred up bile in me as yet I must out again, for the Sun has not got the better, and shews face after the muddy morning. I send my Mother a leaf of the Article; the Article itself I hope to send, with some Books, before long. I wish we heard again as good news of our Mother! My affectionate regards to you all.

T. Carlyle