January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JANE WILSON ; 9 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420309-TC-JWI-01; CL 14: 63-64


Templand, Thornhill, Dumfries, 9 March 1842—

Dear Miss Wilson,

Instead of our meeting at Chelsea, a very sad errand has drawn me hither: the unexpected death of my Wife's Mother, whom I think you have seen, and whom your Brother, if I mistake not, knew.

It was altogether sudden; tho' preceded by more illness than we had been aware of. Our first intimation of alarm was on Monday gone a week; my poor Wife set off that very day; sick, in such a mood as you can fancy: she travelled all night; and at her Uncle's door in Liverpool, on the morrow morning, news met her that all was already ended.

I found her lying there, in a very pitiable way: it was settled that she should not attempt proceeding farther; that she should return to Chelsea with one of her Cousins for nurse, so soon as her Uncle returned from this place,—probably about this day week. Time will bring solacement; Time alone can solace in such cases. All human consolations, philosophies &c break futile, like foam, from such a stern catastrophe coming suddenly on us.

I shall have to stay here for some time yet; adjusting many things. By and by in a calmer season I hope we shall again meet, again and often! I remain always,

Yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle