1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO DANIEL C. GILMAN; 7 November 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541107-TC-DCG-01; CL 29: 191-192


5. Gt Cheyne Row, Chelsea London, 7 Novr 1854—


Last night, I was favoured with your Letter from Berlin, inviting me, on most kind and liberal terms, to lecture to the New York Literary Association next winter.1 Please to thank those Gentlemen in my name, and to accept thanks yourself from me. To any one whose business were Lecturing, the terms offered are sufficiently handsome and tempting; and in the fact itself, and your way of presenting it, there is something which has value for me, and ought to have.

To see America some day, where I have friends very dear to me, and interests of various kinds, has often been among my daydreams; and perhaps is not yet entirely dismissed. But multifarious obstacles lie in the way; and the project hangs always unexecuted,—always very far off being executed. For this coming Winter, and for above a year beyond, it is plainly inexecutable; not to be thought of till once (if ever) certain confused operations and engagements here at home are brought to some completion. With many thanks and regrets I must therefore deny myself that pleasure.

Believe me / Yours sincerely obliged, /

T. Carlyle

Daniel C. Gilman Esq