1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT; 18 September 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540918-TC-UC-01; CL 29: 151


Chelsea, 18 Septr, 1854—

My dear Sir,

You have given me at once a capital account of lundas stapii;1 and I cannot but think have hit the meaning on the face! At all events it will completely serve my purposes with St Elizabeth,2—who shall in future be marked HEMERAPYGE 3 in my rubric; and figure to my historical fancy in a very singular attitude before that Pincarna [cupbearer] of hers. She was actually capable of such a thing; being a most reckless headlong young lady in her time.

What stuff the sons and daughters of men are made of, and how the Empyrean and the Cloaca Maxima4 combine in their existence!

I am very much obliged and pleased; and will apply again in the pinch of need. Yours always truly / T. Carlyle