The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO CHARLES REDWOOD ; 26 December 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18411226-TC-CR-01; CL 13: 327-328


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea, / 26 Decr, 1841—

My dear Sir,

Yesterday, in due Christmas order, there arrived a Box full of good things, which I saw, by the address of it, and then still better by the contents of it, had come from you. The Welsh, it is said, have warm hospitable hearts. Such testimonies that some one practically loves us are very precious. Kind thanks for your kind Christmas Gift. I am much and heartily obliged by the affection you have for me; and wonder at it somewhat now and then. Good be with you today and a merry new year, over among the Glamorgan Hills.

When you come to Town, fail not to shew face here. I really think it not unlikely I may try your Welsh solitudes as my place of refuge next season. I was not left alone in Scotland last year, and had pressing need to be so: it was not a satisfactory receptacle;—alas, I know not if there is any such under this Sun; and indeed rather begin to guess, not!

Meanwhile I try to get a little work out of myself, in these months, once more; an operation that requires delicacy of management! There is no other good, worth speaking of, that I have ever been able to discover in this world. Forward, therefore!

My Wife joins with me in kind salutations. We hope your good Mother is well, and that all goes well with you.

Yours with best wishes always, /

T. Carlyle