The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO THOMAS STORY SPEDDING ; 19 September 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500919-TC-TSS-01; CL 25: 222


Scotsbrig, 19 Septr, 1850—

Dear Spedding,—Thanks for your prompt answer and comfortable intelligence: I find there is a Train here which, with little waiting, will fit your Jenny-Lind Coach at Penrith;1 and I am now much disposed to try the adventure. But Saturday is not now the dies obligata [agreed day]; therefore I dismiss Saturday; and will execute a small visit I had to pay at Dumfries, before attempting Cumberland. Dumfries, it is proposed, shall begin to-morrow, and not last long; after which (unless “Diana in the shape of rust”2 intervene) I am your man for Greta Bank, and will duly signify on what day I am to be looked for,—“Diana” not intervening! Penrith, during the hour of waiting, will yield me something in the form of dinner; and Mrs Spedding, of her bounty, will comfort the thirsty soul with a cup of tea on my arrival. Wait patiently till you hear.

That was an excellent idea about Bacon3 and the Industrial Exhibition! Commend me to the most patient of Biographers and quietest of Philosophers, all the same.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle