The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 31 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520831-TC-JN-01; CL 27: 261


Hôtel des Pays Bas, Rotterdam / 1 Septr [31 August] 1852—

Dear Neuberg,

I did not arrive here till today (Tuesday) at noon; my time I had kept, but the Leith Steamer did not start for 10 hours or more, and then made a dreary tossing, tumbling and indeed quite sad voyage of it. So that your letter here, like the voice of friendly welcome, was peculiarly acceptable to me. I have had little sleep for 3 days, little food that could be eaten,—am in fact in a state not of victorious feeling at all just now!

Amsterdam & Arnheim I had already thought of; but after inquiring here in the insoluble imbroglio of Bradshaws and other way bills, and computing my own strength of spirits for such enterprizes, I decide for the briefest method. Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 6, I mean to start by the Düsseldorf Steamer: I will take my passage all the way to Düsseldorf, but with liberty to stop for the night when I have had enough: next day by such steamer as suits for the trains towards Bonn, I will complete the Düsseldorf part of the business; and I think take the rail for the rest of the way to Bonn, being completely sick of steamers for the present. If all go right, therefore, I ought to get to you sometime on Thursday,—but by what train I cannot in the least say; being indeed quite dark as to trains or times and tired of asking in this Babylonish dialect: but I think I may say safely it will be latish in the day; and for the rest, you are not to heed me till I do arrive: now that I know your No and street, I can at once find you whenever it may be.

Adieu, therefore; and prepare to see a man like poor old Pope Pius VII, Reçu un Pape en assez mauvais état.1— Hoping to meet soon, Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle