The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO LADY ASHBURTON ; 14 May 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500514-TC-LA-01; CL 25: 81


Chelsea, 14 May 18501

Beneficent Lady,—Alas, I find I had better not think of going on Saturday first. There was some negociation with Ay Sterling about going out with him that day,—negociation perhaps hardly yet concluded, tho' my excuse was “want of time” &c &c: if I go anywhere, I suppose it ought to be not in the direction I like! Well, well. Another time;—another time, perhaps under better omens. I am very sick; ill in body and mind: I ought to reserve my strength for its old office, the keeping of silence; if all I have will suffice for that.

God bless you. I will call on Thursday about the old hour. Saturday the second,2 for Peel, I will surely come.

Adieu /

T. C.