January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JOHN WELSH ; 9 May 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420509-TC-JWE-01; CL 14: 181-182


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 9 May, 1842—

My dear Sir,

On Saturday Night late, I arrived here safe (safe tho' under the guidance of a drunk cabman), and found all safe. Your Jeannie is flourishing in every way, healthy, happy and a favourite with all persons; mine unfortunately is still very thin, very pale and weak; but we hope she too will soon improve somewhat.— I did get to Naseby Field: with a desperate effort of consciencious martyrdom, I forced myself to stop at Rugby;—and behold, it soon proved no martyrdom at all, but rather a felicity, the people were so good to me! “Virtue always is its own reward.”1

I send you Chambers's Circular;2 I write to him to send you a dozen more, and Prentice3 a dozen. So soon as the matter is matured, that is to say, the money got, it will be best to transmit it direct to him. In fact he alone knows anything more about the matter than you now know.

With many regards and good wishes to all the household, I subscribe myself (in great haste), Yours ever truly,

T. Carlyle