October 1833-December 1834

The Collected Letters, Volume 7


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 1 May 1834; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18340501-TC-JHLH-01; CL 7:140.


Craigenputtoch, 1st May, 1834—

My dear Sir,

In your last Letter you asked to be permitted to look us out a House in your neighbourhood. By a strange turn of the cards, it chances this day that we find ourselves in the very state to profit by your bounty. Our expected Kensington House has evaporated, and we are here, alone, with all the world before us where to choose.1

In a fortnight, accordingly, I expect to see you, on that quest. Mrs Austin is still angling in Kensington for us. If you will fish Chelsea, I shall almost at once know what I am about. The more necessary as the time is rapidly expiring!

As you have not only two eyes of your own, but who knows how many other pairs of younger ones (and as bright as any in England), perhaps you may discover something. At all events, this commission may amuse your walks a little; you have here the announcement of a visit which I know will agreeably occupy your thoughts; and so with hopes of a speedy meeting and prayers that it may be a glad one, I remain,

My Dear Sir, / Yours most faithfully /

Th: Carlyle

(in great haste)