January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE ; 4 May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430504-TC-AC-01; CL 16: 153-154


Chelsea, 4 May, 1843—

My dear Brother,

Yesternight the Parcel which your Letter had announced came safe to hand: all right, and the charge only 5/6. We found the fowls still uninjured; we were at the ham this morning, and you are to tell our dear kind Mother, till she be better thanked, that it is of first-rate quality, as good a ham as we ever ate,—and sent, we are sure, with a blessing too. The second, of course, will be like it. Jane has been among the Peppers too and sweeties; and the Tobacco is excellent. All is right therefore. Many kind thanks to you all.

We rejoice to hear of Jenny's happy proceedings, and hope she and the little Newcomer will both continue to do well.1 The poor little Stranger comes into the world in a time of distress and disaster to many, when the Father and Mother themselves are at a loss to what hand to betake them;2 may it be a blessing nevertheless, and a token that better days are coming!

There is not a moment's time for writing today; but I must mention, as our chief piece of news, that Jack did actually set off this morning (Thursday) with a bright sun, and we hope will be safe in Liverpool before this leaves London. He will write to you when to look for him; it will probably be about Tuesday or Monday, according as the Steamer suits. He is full of desire to advise and further you in your procedure at present.3 We have often talked together about what was possible for you: the fruit of all is, that the resolution, whatever it is, must be your own, and that it beseems good brothers to forward you with all heartiness therein. May Wisdom guide your counsels, my dear Brother, and may Good come of it and not Evil, if God will!— Not a word more today.—— Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle