January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 14 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420314-TC-JWC-01; CL 14: 70-71


Templand, Monday, 14 March [1842]

My dear good Wife,—I am very thankful for your kind good little Letter, which I found today at Thornhill; yesterday morning there had been another waiting me here: I am very thankful to have you write in that way; full of sorrow, but of a soft affectionate submissive sorrow. What more can one ask or hope in this cutting stroke which [has]1 fallen suddenly with such a wound. May the sorrow be blessed to us both, to make us both better, mindfuller of what alone is true in life.

Your Uncle does not go till tomorrow; he will be with you at Liverpool on Wednesday evening: I go down with them to Dumfries; Walter is to turn up towards Glasgow, where a certain Mrs Chrystal2 lies dangerously sick, whom he is anxious to see. Jamie of Scotsbrig is to be waiting for me with a gig; but I will come up here with him again, to adjust the servants &c here, before I quit them even for a day. About friday I shall be back again, and then be left entirely alone, which will be far the suitablest condition for me in my present mood. The house has all a certain sacredness about it, which seems profaned by any kind of noise.

Today I left five pounds with Mrs Russell for poor Mary Mills, who is still here, but will go now to her own house shortly. Your Uncle added two sovereigns; but Mrs R. seemed to think that, with what poor Mary has from the Parish, about 2/ per week would be as much as she could get good of: Mrs R. was much gratified in undertaking to be almoner on this occasion. We have settled all accounts; all is smoothed into decent composure on that side, and blessings alone follow the Departed to her sacred home. O my dear Wife!—

Your uncle has made over all his accounts to me; and I have only a sum (of £34) to pay him at Dumfries tomorrow.— I think I will add £10 more for you; and then, at London, you will find £60 in the hands of Darwin. Your Uncle has been the friendliest of men to me all along; I feel much for him, for his uncomplaining sorrows which can neither be few nor small.— Your directions as to the Pictures &c shall be accurately followed. The Templand Bible was already marked by a hand that cannot be gainsaid for your Cousin Jeannie; I will find something else for Jamie. The Canandaigua picture I was just thinking might be disposed of in the way now ordered.3 The things are all coming in a large trunk; will be at Liverpool before you depart.

I too had a Letter from Thomas Erskine;4 very kind and pious: such words fall like dew on the parched grass, on such occasions.

Today we saw Hunter again, and an old man from Shaws came about taking the House.5 It begins to be a little uncertain again what can best be done with it. I will wait deliberately and see. Primrose Wilson's Letter is here; I send it tho' worth little. My poor orphaned Wife, take good care of thyself, for my sake,—there is no other now; and God be with thee always. Thy Affectionate / T. Carlyle