1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO LADY STANLEY; 31 May 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540531-TC-LST-01; CL 29: 106-107


Chelsea, 31 May, 1854—

Dear Lady Stanley,—Do not be angry at me: here are 3 of a Bundle of Papers I have got; one you are to keep for your own behoof; the other 2 you are, with your accustomed benevolence, to “leave where they may be useful,”—that is to say, where young gentn ambitious [for]1 a German education are thought to exist.

I have known this Mr Wilson a long time; and can fearlessly describe him as an honourable, well-bred, well-conditioned, cultivated, ingenious and amiable man. What he says of Weimar I know also to be quite true;2—to which it may be added that the best dialect of German is spoken in those parts; and that the Town is very quiet, clean, and the region understood to be wholesome. These are facts; which may perhaps concern certain persons in your sphere.

For the rest, if your Ladyship is very impatient, and cannot stand such a thing in this top of the season,—throw the Papers into the fire; and dismiss me and them, with a free pardon!— I sent this Wilson to the young Duchess of Weimar,3 at her request, for a grand “Institution” she has been setting up; and he pleases greatly, as I expected; which practically ought to finish my account with him for the present, unless the remaining items be easy rather than otherwise.

We never see you; I never see you; tho' I call occasionally. I suppose I must persist, tho' unsuccessful. The fates have not been kind to me at all in these latter times; but we must not growl at their ill usage, perhaps it will improve. Good be with you always, dear Lady Stanley. Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle

The Lady Stanley of Alderley (t.o.)