July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO LOUISA BARING ; 11 July 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580711-TC-LBA-01; CL 34: 30-31


Scotch Solitudes (unknown to the refined mind!), 11 july, 1858—

Dear Miss Baring,

I find you have been so friendly as to ask my Wife to come and see you at Bay House; and that she is (irresolutely) well inclined to go, tho' uncertain as to suitableness of times &c &c. I write privately to say that, if the project could be well realised, it would give me also, as matters are, very great pleasure. She is very weak, this long while, as you know; and at present, has caught new cold, and done sad mischief, by some inconsiderate attempt on Brighton lately. But, were that over, so that she could travel again, and put herself under your kind guidance on that bright shore, I am convinced it might be of real benefit to her, as well as pleasure while the days run. Only she is weak exceedingly; indisposed for adventure of any kind,—indeed liable to take cold &c from the slightest occasion;—so that I almost fear this promising half-person will somehow or other misgo, and not come to effect, as I could for my own poor sake well wish it to do.

It is in the hope or wish of doing something to further the business that I now write;—tho' there is a fear too that I may be only spoiling it by interfering! For whh reason, please keep this message strictly private: to me you cannot mention it (Rowland Hill1 not being a witch); and please do not say a word about it to her, at least not till you have her with you, if I am to be so lucky as hear that the result has been that good one.

And in any case accept my friendly salutations and kind remembrances; while, with the like to Miss Emily,2 I am always

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle