July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO ABRAHAM HAYWARD; 11 January 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370111-TC-ABHA-01; CL 9:113-114.


5, Cheyne Row, Chelsea, Wednesday [11 January 1837].

My dear Sir,

Certain kind friends are very urgent with me to set about giving a short course of lectures on German literature in the Albemarle Street Institution;1 that is the thing for me, they say, &c. &c. Without saying yes or no, I determine to ask about it a little. Remembering that you once took me there, I suppose you to be a member; and knowing what otherwise I know, it seems to me I can inquire of no one so fitly as of you. Will you tell me, therefore, something about the conditions and arrangements of such a business in that Institution? How you get liberty to deliver a course there; whether you fancy liberty were easily procurable for me; what the pecuniary result is; how you think the enterprise will answer? Whatsoever you say on it will illustrate it for me; as at present I am altogether dark.

If you do not know of yourself, then surely you of all men can the most easily get to know; and no less surely you of all (satirical splenetic) men are the readiest to oblige a man.

When you have time to write answer, pray pack up the Quarterlies along with it; send your Famulus into Fleet Street, and he will see a Chelsea omnibus; the cad [omnibus conductor] will bring it me for sixpence within an hour.

I am still busy, but shall see King's Bench Walk2 by-and-bye. With many excuses for the trouble I put you to,—

Yours always truly, /

T. Carlyle.