April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO HENRY DRUMMOND ; 9 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480609-TC-HD-01; CL 23: 42-43


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 9 june, 1848—

My dear Sir,

After some delay, your obliging Note,—with an apology from some Namesake of mine in the Hyde-Park region,1—arrives at what I believe to be its true destination. Thanks for your continued goodwill to me, for your kind wishes and proposals.

Certainly I should like well to see Albury, which must be a doubly pleasant place in this bright leafy season: but, alas, there is no such thinskinned miserable traveller as I am; shattered to pieces by any tumult, or length of locomotion; unable to sleep in foreign beds &c &c; and the thought strikes me that it is chiefly, after all, the living Master of Albury that it wd do me good to see, and to exchange thoughts with, in these sad bodeful times! Which latter benefit, I always think, (even tho' I can eat no dinners) might be attainable some time in London itself. Add to all which that I am quite unusually out of sorts at present, and engaged in moreover three times a week to attend Emerson's Lectures,2—to one of which (there will remain just one after your return) you also ought to go.

Believe [me]3 always, / Yours with much regard / T. Carlyle