October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO HENRY TAYLOR ; 4 June 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570604-TC-HT-01; CL 32: 156-157


Chelsea, 4 june, 1857—

Dear Taylor,

There came to me at the same date what I now see as to have been the Qui-pro-quo [something given in return for something else] (or Quae-pro-qua) of that Note you have now forwarded of Lord Ashburton's. It did not begin with “Dear Taylor,” or with anything particular; so I took it to myself, tho’ in a quite dark manner,—the rather as there had been a special messenger [from]1 him in the interim who had rendered the contents of it obsolete.— I cannot now find the Note anywhere: the chief purport, I remember, was regret at not getting to East Sheen,2 or at not seeing Mrs Taylor there, and resolution to go down to Tunbridge3 and see her.

I myself mean to try East Sheen by and by: I often think my horse might carry me thither any day, especially some sunday, into a circle more human for me than most others now are. The world gets tragically solitary as we grow old in it!— I persist in work here, tho' lame into the very heart.

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle 4