August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 29 August 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420829-TC-JWC-01; CL 15: 59


Chelsea, Monday [29 August 1842]—

My dearest,— Your Ixworth Postmaster, I think, must be a blockhead, and Mrs Buller's Letter, after waiting a day, would come this morning. I put it into the Post-office along with yours in Fleet street with my own hand. It was addressed Mrs Buller, Troston Rectory &c without any Reginald.

On the whole you are right about that knapsack part of the business; especially now that the weather is broken! At all events, I will come to Ixworth first, and that without delay. I will inquire for the “Phenomenon”; by it or by some kind of conveyance, I will be with you straightway! I think of Wednesday first (the day after tomorrow): but we shall see farther, and I will write again.

Poor old Mr Dobbie has just called; back from Southampton, and going off tomorrow. I delivered him all your regards, good old man; I was charged with many to you. He has undertaken to dine with us today at five; and is just gone.— — Nay at this instant here he is again; begging to change till tomorrow at half past four! I am sorry you do not see him;—and yet perhaps it is but another sadness spared you, my poor woman! We will at least be as kind to him as we possibly can, as you could wish us to be.

This Letter of Emerson's1 came this morning.— Darley was with us last night. Reeve had called: John & I had been out surveying Owen's grand Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields for two hours or better.2 I rather think I shall like Owen, and you will like him.— There is thunder again! The weather has gone all to smash: it is our “Lammas Flood.”3

On Wednesday night: or perhaps Thursday, you may begin to consider me as due. Be well and good when I come! And so farewell, Dearest; my blessings on thee

T. C