The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO GEORGE GROVE ; 7 May 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520507-TC-GG-01; CL 27: 109


Chelsea, 7 May, 1852—


I beg a thousand pardons: I perceive, your former Letter, not judged to be very pressing, had fallen aside, and has never been answered at all! You may believe me it was not indifference to the honour done me, nor want of good will to the object you have in view. But this perverse east wind has quite lamed me, of late; and I have been too willing to shirk any writing, or other duty, that was not quite peremptory.

How the wind may blow eleven days hence, we cannot say; but I have too clearly no prospect of being at once well enough and disengaged enough to do myself such a pleasure as you propose for the 18th; and must therefore, with much regret, and with many cordial thanks, beg to be excused on that occasion.1

Surely if you can achieve anything to resuscitate the decayed vigour of Mechanics Institutes, it will be well done.

With many thanks and regards, and regrets for my own inability, I have the honour to be,

Your most obedt /

T. Carlyle

G. Grove Esq, Secy &c &c