January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 4 July 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430704-TC-JCA-01; CL 16: 227


Clifton, Bristol, 4 july (Tuesday) 1843—

Dear Sister Jean,

Accept from me the shortest Note you ever got in the world. I arrived here yesterday, on my way to Wales, to my Welsh Attorney, to rest for a week or two, and see what farther! Your Letter has followed me. I left Jane well: I am myself well, except biliary fret and misery produced by the London whirlpool and too hard work there. I am staying at Mrs Stracheys. I go across a kind of frith into Wales, like crossing to Maryport,1 in a Steamer on Thursday morning: my address after that will be, “Care of Charles Redwood Esq Llandough, Cowbridge, S. Wales”: but I will write to you from that. I design to see Scotland before I return to London.

This is a huge smoky City this Bristol,—yet not above half the size of Liverpool, nor half the ugliness. The Country all round it, in a gentle lukewarm Scotch Mist is of the greenest and beautifullest.

Thanks to my fair Panegyrist at Dumfries!2 She is very highflown, but I suppose not without a sincere heart in her way.— I have been almost put to death with Yankees buzzing round me in London, and feel a kind of blessedness in the fact that they cannot get at me here.

Poor Alick, he will be bounding away over the far seas in these hours. God go with him. Jack has a new article of mine,3 or my Mother has, which I will bid them shew you.

Ever your affectionate /

T. Carlyle