April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOHN STORES SMITH; 17 August 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490817-TC-JSS-01; CL 24: 196-197


Scotsbrig, 17 Augt, 1849—

Dear Sir,

On Monday I go to Fife, where and farther to the North I have still some visits to accomplish; so that unluckily there is no chance of my reaching Lancashire till considerably after the 28th of the month. Let the admirers of Goethe know this, with my compliments and regrets.1

Whether I shall come home by Manchester, or whether by land at all, is very uncertain; Manchester, with so many interesting objects in it, and so many well-affected souls, is very alluring, if I do come within wind of it. But my days and nights, this long while, have been so overwhelmed in tumult and noise, the thing I at present seek above all others is silence; and that, I doubt, is not a product you are very famous for in Manchester! So that the likelihoods, I imagine, are, one may feel necessitated (as usual) to rush direct for Chelsea.

I send many kind remembrances to Ballantyne and Espinasse, and the others named; and with best wishes for one and all of you, remain—hoping a better horoscope for visits by and by.—

Sincerely yours, /

T. Carlyle

J. S. Smith, Esq