April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO AUBREY DE VERE; 17 January 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490117-TC-ADV-01; CL 23: 203-204


Chelsea, 17 jany, 1849—

Dear Aubrey de Vere,

Fitzgibbon1 in person has at last reappeared here; his address is, what was marked on the Card for you last Note you had. I did not see the Veteran; but he talked long to my Wife, about things new and old (being in fact an extremely copious and ready speaker);—among other things, he expressed a very great readiness to make acquaintance with Mr de Vere, if that Gentleman, whom he vaguely fancied to have returned to Ireland, and to be writing new Books about Irish Misdeeds,2—would do him the honour to call, at any time.

Will you prefer that way, therefore? If so, it will be good to appoint a time beforehand; at least to announce it, so that Fitzn may have time to answer No by post, if No and not Yes, on the day you announce, be inevitable for him.

Or would you prefer to meet him here first? If so tell us what days you can command for Chelsea, and we will endeavour to secure the ancient Son of Mars. I do wish you to know him, and to help him a little if you can:3 he is a venerable amiable figure to me; and a credit to Ireland withal.

Tennyson, it seems, has returned to Town: a glimpse of him was got, the other day, “walking with large strides into Regent Street,”—in a northerly direction; and then he went over the horizon again, and has not reemerged since.4

I have plenty of Paper round me; but can do nothing at “Literature”; absolutely nothing at all,—so old am I grown;—and have thoughts of flinging my tools into the fire, some day, and setting out as a Tramp, into the Universe in general.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle