The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES; 21 February 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510221-TC-RMM-01; CL 26: 36


Chelsea, 21 feby, 1851—

Dear Milnes,

The Missus goes out generally in the best of the sunshine; that is, about 2 o'clock, or perhaps you are not sure of her after 1. Any day between 2 and 3 (just going out for exercise at 3), you will find the unfortunate literary man upstairs here. Finally almost any evening we are safe here,—tea at seven,—and nothing going on but a little reading or the like. Or if you durst (as you dare not) come on Sunday morning, I wd walk you for ten miles into the country and back: at 9 a.m. there is even promisable a cup of comparatively most respectable hot coffee;—and I generally do not set out on my travel till probably 1.— What more can I offer you;—since, offer what I like, you will not come?

If the unseligste von allen Erdensöhnen1 do really now cease from attempting to “preside” over the greatest country in this Planet, I shall not be displeased for one.2

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle