April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO FRANCES WEDGWOOD; 26 April 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490426-TC-FW-01; CL 24: 37-38


Chelsea, 26 April, 1849—

Dear Mrs Wedgwood,

I hope what you are pleased to call my “annual visit,” which I think is rather my two-monthly or monthly visit, will very soon come off, and successfully for all parties: but on Tuesday,1—alas, we are engaged to a late Dinner for Wednesday, and then again on Thursday Evening is an engagement: three days together would make a case for the hospital, and you would have remorse about it all your life after! An adjournment, therefore,—that is clearly the safe course; to be adopted, tho' with regret. “One of three courses”—à la Peel?2

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Here is the Peel Article come back to me in the shape of a Tract,—Handbill, or small “Tract for the Times.”3 All people are anxious that our little friend, the noble Lord at the head of her Majesty's government, a human creature evidently much too weak for his place, would have the goodness to take himself away!4