January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 5 May 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420505-TC-JWC-01; CL 14: 179-180


Manchester, Thursday 2 o'clock [5 May 1842]

My dear Wifie,—I am got here to Manchester, and am successfully executing my first call,—on Geraldine namely, who charges me to send her best love to you, who “would have written sooner had it not been for a miserable influenza which she still has.”1— I got to Liverpool last night about 7, without ill accident, and not in so dreary a humour as I often travel in. I return this night, and start tomorrow for Rugby; being minded as Attila Schmezle was to “defy the future.”2 My share of sleep is still inconsiderable; otherwise I am well enough. I hope to be home—on Sunday surely? Perhaps on Saturday? But I must at any rate get a sight of Naseby Battle-ground before I come!— Do not look for me till you hear my rap. Clearly, it will be late on Saturday night before I can arrive, if even then.

Two Newspapers were at Maryland Street from you; nothing more! But Jeannie's Letter indicates that all is as usual at Chelsea. We shall meet soon now, I hope!———

Not a word more; why should I write vacuities farther?— Yours, dear Wife, ever and ever,

T. Carlyle