October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO VERNON LUSHINGTON ; 26 April 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570424-TC-VL-01; CL 32: 134


Chelsea, 26 [24] April, 1857—

My dear Sir,

If you have returned from your Circuit,1 I shd like to see you again,—Tomorrow (Saturday) Evg, for instance? Or the first evg you have to yourself after that.

The Cromwell is happily all over;2 in revising your work (a task rendered quite easy to me), I had all along occasion to thank you in silence: all was as lucid and succinct as the best practical intelligence cd make it.

The thing in question now is a small but perhaps delicate request I have to make of you, in a quite other field. Prepare yourself to say No, if it be too delicate: for I myself have no interest in the thing, except to do and say, with veracity, what seems to be my portion of function in it for another human creature.3

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle