The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE ; 28 June 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410628-TC-AC-01; CL 13: 165-166


Chelsea, 28 june, 1841—

My dear Alick,

Again I have to thank you for your punctuality, both in despatch of business, and in apprising me about it. A short letter in such cases is well worth writing; and what a stupidity were it to neglect such a thing,—which nevertheless many are so apt to do!

My plan is still to set off by the Newcastle Steamer, which leaves this on Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock.1 The weather is grown very wet: but I have a mackintosh; we must take the weather as it comes. The Steamer should arrive at Newcastle, I think, on Friday morning. I must see Miss Martineau as I pass; perhaps, since nothing is concluded at Newington, I may as well take a view withal of the lodgings about Tynemouth, and what kind of country that is. We once had it in our eye: Scotsbrig is within reach of it, and the sea at least I believe is greatly preferable to your Solway,—as is the communication with London. Of course I should settle nothing till you are spoken with; nor indeed is there anything likely to turn up so good as Newington: however, we can look.

The Newcastle Railway-times have gone out of my head, and I have no paper of them here. My freest plan will be to regulate myself by the time of your Carlisle evening mail; which I do remember must leave Carlisle sometime between 4 and 6 o'clock. On Friday evening, it is possible that I may come; but considerably likelier next evening. If you hear nothing more of me, Jamie might be over with the gig at Ecclefechan on Saturday evening, and look whether I am not in the coach! On Monday we could go down to Annan, and start business.

Things standing so, I will write this day to Wull Carruthers to have all his answers ready, at a word, on Monday; and also that he need not conclude anything whatever till then, as I am coming so soon. You will not need to take any farther trouble with him, or see him at all on Thursday next, unless you chance to be down to Annan at any rate. This seems the reasonablest arrangement.

Your account of Ewart's furniture is precise enough for practical purposes: why did not Nelson, in three words, send it long ago! Your own contributions to our projected stock are very kind, friendly as ever from you all: we must not strip you naked; we must see what can be done.

Jack was here last night; is coming tonight again. All is well with him; his Patient improving if anything: one would say, very decidedly improving; but the constitutional blateness [shyness] of the poor fellow will never be completely cured. Jack is now likely, I should guess, to stay with him, here or in this neighbourhood, one knows not how long,—possibly indeed till he have amassed a good purse of money, and be his own master altogether afterwards! It is dullish work; not otherwise heavy; and £1000 a-year with keep is not gained for nothing. Adieu, dear Brother, in hope of soon meeting

Your affecte

T. Carlyle

Jane is pretty well again; I hope your Jenny2 will not suffer long. My Mother and Isabella will be glad at the prospect of making tea for me on Saturday!— I am very busy, and like to be till I get off.