1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO BOYMAN BOYMAN; 27 June 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550627-TC-BBO-01; CL 29: 341-342


Chelsea, 27 june, 1855—


You may believe me I am very sorry; I had not the least idea what the Affair was, the other morning, else a message of that kind would have met a very different reception indeed! But I have constantly very bad health, still a great deal of confused business, with strength not now on the increase for doing it; and am obliged to shrink into the remotest nook with my day's task, and carefully avoid all agitations whatever. For which reason, too, I have to deny myself the distinguished honour you are good enough to offer in so handsome a way; and cannot gratify my feelings by waiting on you on the 13th, even to return thanks personally for such kindness.

That here and there a serious fellow citizen recognises Cromwell thro' the long ugly toils I had with that Great Englishman, is surely some reward to one, if one needed any reward in such a matter. I will accept your testimony as a gratifying thing; and as a monition withal To1 hold on while the daylight yet lasts, in a similar course.

I should like very well to see your Merchant-Tailors Hall;2 and propose to look in (probably with my Wife), some time when we are in the City, if you can favour us with a Ticket, at your convenience.

With many thanks for the distinguished honour done me, and begging the continuance of such friendly sentiments, I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your obedt servt /

T. Carlyle

Boyman Boyman Esq &c &c