July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JAMES BALLANTINE ; 11 October 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581011-TC-JBA-01; CL 34: 214


Chelsea, 11 Octr 1858—

My dear Sir,

You are very kind, and offer me a conspicuous place among my fellow creatures, on an Occasion which may well interest Scotchmen and others. You may believe me, you and all my Edinburgh friends, I am not insensible to this honour: but the sad truth is, I cannot come. Weak health, heavy disproportionate pressure of confused business:—for these, and for other good reasons that could be given if these were not enough, I must deny myself the professed pleasure, and answer, No with many thanks and regrets.1

I pray you accept these feelings, which are very real on my part; and believe me now as always

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle

James Ballantine Esq &c &c