January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE ; 10 February 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420210-TC-AC-01; CL 14: 41


Chelsea, Thursday [10 February 1842]

Dear Alick

I suppose it will really be best to get some of that of 32/ “Old Crusted” article you speak of, with some Sherry which also your Hutcheson1 can recommend: and as our hand is in, and we can get a closet here with lock and key, he may as well send us two dozen of each sort, according to your advice. You [will] therefore communicate with him to that effect, any time you like,—without delay, [i]f you like; and also without haste, if you like. He must pack with amazing accuracy, lest there be breakage! Tell him farther, this worthy Hutcheson, that we depend on his fidelity and judgement altogether in this instance;—he will probably send us a genuine article. You will pay him, and I you;—is not that the best way?

Here are two covers with the franks still unexhausted, which came by mistake. Lay them by till the time for use; then seal well!—

Our good Mother! I wish to Heaven I knew she were home, and in a good way again! Tell her not to fret herself about me; I am going cannily to work: I do hope to get a Book written by and by, and that is consolation for all sorrows whatsoever.—Good be with you dear Brother; blessings with you all!

Your affectionate

T. Carlyle

If you see Archy Little2 you can give him my address too, and say I should like well to shake hands with him once more. The Dr's address is, as probably you know, 3. Chester Terrace, Regent's Park.— We are well enough all of us still; I keep myself apart, as much as possible, from all company, and leave them all to Jane down stairs. I suppose I get the reputation of a terribly surly fellow; but cannot help it.—