August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 2 August 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430802-TC-MAC-01; CL 17: 6-7


Liverpool (20. Maryland Street, Wednesday / 2 August, 1843—

My dear Mother,

It is impossible to exaggerate the hurry I am in; but you must have a word from me, according to promise.

The first Annan Steamer, I find, is to sail at 3 in the morning of Friday: it will be at Annan some time about the middle part of the day, therefore, on Saturday. The hour of starting is terribly bad; but I still think it likeliest that I may try that. Jamie1 may send again to the Post-Office tomorrow; and if he get no other word, look for me on Saturday. I will write again tomorrow at any rate, indeed; that will be the surer way.

We are both well; Jack is well lodged now with an old friend of mine, a Mr Chorley not far off this; some of whose friends he has himself known at Rome. He does not seem to have shaped any plan for his movements yet;—and indeed, I suppose, feels that for the present, he is snug enough; and might go farther and fare worse.

Dear good Mother this is a poor letter, one of the poorest of the poor; but I have many to write this morning, and Jack is already here waiting for me to go out to a place they call Seaforth2 where we have to dine &c today. I am heartily tired of dining, and cannot stand much more of it!

There is a Letter from Jane this morning; all well there. I add no other word, but my love and blessings to you all. If it please Heaven, we shall soon see one another face to face once more!

Adieu, dear Mother.

Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle