1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN RUSKIN; 29 June 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550629-TC-JRU-01; CL 29: 343


Chelsea, 29 june, 1855—

Dear Ruskin,

The Wife when consulted says Thursday or Wednesday;1 let it therefore be Wednesday or Thursday, at your discretion, next week.

Of the times &c I say nothing; only put down, by way of guidepost, on my side of the Border, the following facts:

1. Work ceases with me about 3½ in the afternoon; so that if left till towards that time, an adventure does not cost me anything,—tho' I am willing to spend, too, on a good adventure,

2. I taste no food between breakfast and dinner; dine, with convenience (provided it be with simplicity, on something like a mutton chop), at any hour between 5½ and 7½

3. We should like to be home not later than 11; and are capable of shifting easily in that particular.

Arrange all these things as seems good on your side of the Border; and please send us a line to say how they are settled,—I mean what the hour of your appearance here is.2