July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 28 February 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370200-TC-JHLH-02; CL 9:158.


[February–March 1837]

My dear Sir,

You will do us a real favour if you can consent to come over and take tea with us tonight. Two violets are coming (in a voluntary manner);1 great friends of yours: Miss Martineau;2 and Mrs Marsh,3 whose works I do not know, but whose face pleases me much. There are only these two; perhaps even these may not come.

Now your plan would be, if you had the proper audacity, to let us see your face about six, to tea with ourselves: we should then have our own talk, independently of all people. When the violets come, you could take a look of them; and, if you did not like them (which is infinitely improbable, for Harriet too is really an excellent creature), leave them to their fate!

Finally, my dear Sir, if you cannot come, scruple not for a moment to refuse. Alas, I know too well the moods one gets into; the engagements one may have, unseen save to oneself; and how impertinent a thing Speech may be, tho' otherwise said to be cheerfuller than light itself.

I am held very busy with Printers Devils. I remain always,

Most heartily your's, /

T. Carlyle