The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO CHARLES REDWOOD ; 24 July 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500724-TC-CR-01; CL 25: 125


Chelsea, 24 july, 1850—

Dear Redwood,

I cannot come on Friday, nor this week;1 it must be the next, the beginning of next. Nay I think it will be better not to attempt the whole journey in one day, if it be such a bother of haste. Better take one's chance for a night, and have deliberation otherwise, than be so flurried and hurried. I think of staying over the night in Bath rather than in Bristol: I have bethought me that Landor is there, with whom I might have a little talk in passing. You shall have due warning: I will write to you both when the day for Bath is fixed,—and if it be needful (nay it will hardly be possible, I doubt!) from Bath itself.

Your redhaired man will do perfectly well, instead of you, at Cardiff. And ifyou or he could get me half a dozen right big and well-constructed Tobacco-pipes (a feat not possible, I believe, or hardly possible in those parts), it wd be a marked improvement in my outlooks! Clothes I shall not forget, nor gutta-percha shoes;—and on the whole, I expect to get on very handsomely for my three weeks,—wrecked as I am (in very many senses) for the prest.

About Saturday I will write you another word of warning.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

I have got the Cardiff Newspaper,—tho' not till after the Letter;—and I mean duly to examine it for the Steamers.