January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN RUSKIN ; 5 May 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560505-TC-JRU-01; CL 31: 82


Chelsea, 5 May, 1856—

Dear Ruskin,

Our dining-place on Wednesday (day after tomorrow) is “71. Glo'ster Place, Portman Square” (Mr Rennie's); and it is proposed that you should call for us there at 10 ½,—half past 10;—we will of course come down to you directly; and that will bring us to Bath House in excellt time. To get out of it again, with a carriage,—ille labor hoc opus [that is the labor, this is the challenge] (like the route to a certain other place);1—but we can advise about that too, if such is your resolution.

I have little doubt the Oxford Address is what Lord Ashburton meant; but I could not find him yesterday, on trial;—and it was agreed I should take you to him in person on Wednesday evening, and let him tell his own story. Take no trouble therefore about the Address till then,—unless by accident you hear again tomorrow, whh is not likely.

Mr Rennie, “71. Gloucester Place Portman Square, at ½ past 10 Wedy Evg”: that is the essential point;—and I will hope a pleasant meeting.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle