The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO GEORGE REMINGTON ; 12 November 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18521112-TC-GR-01; CL 27: 356-357


5. Cheyne Row / 12 Novr, 1852—

Dear Sir,

It is with great reluctance that I venture to trouble you in any way; but a kind of necessity compels me; and I trust your good nature will excuse it in a distressed neighbour.

We have the misfortune to be people of weak health in this house; bad sleepers in particular; and exceedingly sensible, in the night hours, to disturbances from sound. On your premises, for some time past, there is a Cock,—by no means particularly loud or discordant,—whose crowing, would of course be indifferent or insignificant to persons of sound health and nerves; but alas, it often enough keeps us unwillingly awake here, and on the whole gives a degree of annoyance which, except to the unhealthy, is not easily conceivable!

If you could have the goodness to remove that small animal; or in any way to render him inaudible from midnight till breakfast-time, such charity would work a notable relief to certain persons here, and be thankfully acknowledged by them as an act of good neighbourship!—1

With many apologies, and neighbourly respects, I remain

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle

——Remington Esq &c