[Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Carlyle') [to Sir Thomas Gery Cullum of Hardwick?] written from 'among the Sunny hayfields' of Croydon, asking the recipient and 'Mr Stirling' to call on the Carlyles' return to town.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian and controversial social historian [Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Addiscombe Farm, Croydon. 26 July 1847.
SKU: 22358

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly ruckled and with traces of glue from mount adhering. Addiscombe Farm belonged to Jane Welsh's bugbear Lady Harriet Ashburton. The recipient is not named, but the item is from an album compiled by Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875) of Hardwick House, and the letter may well be addressed to her husband Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855), 8th Baronet. It reads: 'My dear Sir, | We are out here, among the Sunny hayfields, since Saturday last, - probably till Saturday next. It is a real grief to us, both on your score and Mr Sterling's, [sic] that we are not at home. You we have not seen for a long time; him, with whom there was more opportunity, not for a long time. If both or either of you remain in Town after Saty evg next, pray do not neglect to come down straightway, morning or night. | Yours always truly | T. Carlyle'. Note that the 'Mr Stirling' of the letter cannot be Carlyle's friend John Sterling, as he died in 1844.