1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 29 November 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541129-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 209


Chelsea, 29 Novr, 1854—

Dear Neuberg,—I am very sorry I disappointed you yesterday: you would hear, it was not quite my blame, nor Tait's either,—but proceeded from the “dampness of the weather”!—

The delay at the Foreign Office I conjecture to proceed from a whim they have (or seem to me to have) of never sending any Order, or written Document, except by a Messenger of their own;—for the like of whom Willesdon would be a long way off! I think if the thing have not come today, it might perhaps be well to address a Note to Lord Clarendon's secretary (“E. Hamond Esq &c &c Foreign Office”) requesting modestly that the thing, which you have understood is granted, might be sent,—if not by post to Willesden, then by messenger to (John Chapman's, or some other Town place)?— Or perhaps it is better to wait still farther a day or two.

I have got a cold,—very ill and miserable, of its kind:—we shall be at home tomorrow.

I find I owe you for this last Cargo of Books £3. 1. 9: if that is the right computation, I ought at least to pay that directly!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle