1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN STUART BLACKIE; 1 March 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550301-TC-JSB-01; CL 29: 269-270


Chelsea, 1 March, 1855—

Dear Blackie,

I have received your Note, and another on the same subject, this morning. I have written to express my regrets and respects, and decline.1 A similar offer was made, last year;2 and, alas, I had to give a similar answer. Small joy to me in any kind of stump-oratory; and what profit could there be, to the good young men themselves, in any amount of oratory, tho' an Angel Gabriel appeared on the stump to address them!

I am very busy here; and to very little purpose hitherto. I hope to see you again in London soon, since we cannot meet in Edinburgh on such an errand. Poor old Edinburgh; strange old years I had there; and dear old remnants of friends that still remain to me there!—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle