January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO HENRIETTA MARIA STANLEY ; 9 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420309-TC-HMS-01; CL 14: 62-63


Templand, Thornhill, Dum-/-fries, 9 March, 1842—

Dear Mrs Stanley,

The reason why I do not call for you again, if you ever do me the great honour to think of it, is a very sad one: the unexpected death of my poor Wife's Mother, which has called me up hither for some time.

On the first intimation that her Mother was in danger the poor Daughter, herself sick, insisted on setting instantly off: she travelled all night; and at Liverpool on the morrow morning, at her Uncle's door, the news met her that already all was over. You can figure the rest.

She is to return to Chelsea, in about a week, with one of her Cousins for Nurse; I shall have to stay here for a while yet, among the moaning spring winds and melancholy remembrances,—anxious for the present that at least I could be left alone, all alone.

This Note you will not account superfluous: it means at least that I remember you, that I have often remembered you, in these days.

Dear Mrs Stanley, /

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle