1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO STEPHEN SPRING RICE; 4 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540704-TC-SSR-01; CL 29: 123


Chelsea, 4 july, 1854—

Dear Spring Rice,

You are very good always; your kind Letter makes me both glad and sad. Glad to find you still so charitable and so mindful of me; sad to look back upon the old years, and the wrecks and changes of many sorts that have come about since we last sailed together!1

I do believe this voyage might do me good in the bodily way, as surely it would be very agreeable to the mind: nevertheless I must ruthlessly deny myself, and answer the beneficent Sea goddesses and you with a mournful shake of the head. It is very clearly my function to sit immoveable here at home; steadily gazing upon these enormous rubbish-mountains that have gathered round m[e] (frightful to the eye and soul);—that is very clearly the first preliminary towards getting some of them perhaps wheeled away in process of time.

A right pleasant voyage to you and your lucky messmates;—and many compliments to the brave Gowland,2 if he is still with you and remembers me.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Hon. Stephen Spring Rice

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