August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 28 September 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420928-TC-JAC-01; CL 15: 106-107


Chelsea, 29 [28] Septr, 1842

My dear Brother,

Yesterday I was in such a haste and flurry when I closed (having to walk or run to the Pimlico Post-office, after dismissing Whiting) that I forgot, it would seem, to inclose Jean's Letter, which I spoke of,—which is still lying on the table! I enclose it today.— Your Courrier de l'Europe has come. I have written a refusal to Whiting: damit genug [enough of that]. I can see nothing but balderdash lying in the rear there, especially with Brewster & Wilson for fellow judges. I had better write on the thing myself, and leave others to judge!

A certain Mr Fitzgerald, an acquaintance of Thackeray's, who had been here before,1 called one night about a week ago; told me he had just come from Naseby: he, or his Father, was now proprietor of Naseby Battle-field! He undertook to make new inquiries, drawings of scenes &c;—and has made them. He finds the actual battle-field, on which I seem not to have been at all; opens burial-mounds, discovers actual skeleton debris;—sends me, this morning, two actual jaw-teeth, in full preservation, from a fighter at Naseby Battle! I have them here. There is something very sternly impressive in such a horrible pair of relics!2

Today I have to go into the City, to seek my Duke's money, get my American Draught3 endorsed &c: alas, I have already lost my day for writing. I will send a Note to Jean, and then be off.——— Last night I got Taylor's Book on the Cotton spinning regions:4 he is but a small character, evidently not a witness or judge but an advocate withal; nevertheless worth reading.

Adieu dear Brother / Yours ever

T. Carlyle