April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO LORD CLARENDON; 6 July 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490706-TC-LC-02; CL 24: 103-104


Sackville Street, Friday Afternoon [6 July 1849]

Dear Lord Clarendon,

Once more many thanks. Twistleton has furnished me with Letters to Inspectors &c; from Lords Lansdowne, Clanrickarde, Sligo and other friendly authorities, I carry Letters to various sorts of persons, far more than I shall be able to deliver; so that for the present I will not draw on your resources; but if, at any point, I find myself open to specific profit by so doing, I will freely apply; and at all points it will surely be a pleasure and honour to reflect that I have such a possibility in store. Accept my grateful acknowledgments for such a favour.

Ireland with its raging controversies and hungry necessities already painfully represents itself to me as a country scourged by angry gods,—painful to see and hear. Yet it demands to be seen and heard; is one of the notablest spots in the whole world just now. May God Almighty prosper your true endeavour in the matter; that each good man contribute what little is in him, by act and by forbearance to act, by speech and by silence,—this unhappy country, in its present crisis, has surely need of it all.

With many regards and wishes

Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle