April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 16 April 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440416-TC-JCA-01; CL 18: 13-14


Chelsea, Tuesday 16 april / 1844—

Dear Jean,

Here has a Letter just arrived from Alick, which Jack has given me to read and then forward into Dumfriesshire. He bade me send it first to you, thinking you would more certainly forward it to Scotsbrig without delay than Scotsbrig would to you. I write to my Mother today that it is coming; so lose not a post. Alick seems well poor fellow; and is going to Canada, which also is good.

Your Letter with the Leathers arrived; thanks for both: the leathers will do nicely;—Jane saw at a glance that you had made them.1 We are glad also that the Books &c have got to hand. We had a Box, of shirts, hams &c from Scotsbrig; all of which are very good. Our weather is balm itself, and all things are getting green,—and I am promising to get on a thought better with my poor Book. I am terribly “held down with the bubbly”;2 and it is a sadly difficult work, itself, and all but an impossible one. We must “carry on.”

The lad Muirhead writes to me the other day that our Booksellers, Chapman & Hall have actually employed him on my recommendation. It is more than was expected. If he behave himself well, he may get as far forward as there is gift in him now.

I am beginning to be plagued again with Yankees! I am awfully busy.— What is become of the young M'Diarmid?3 Compliments to the two Jameses.4 Ever, dear Sister,

Your affectionate /

T. Carlyle

Many, many thanks for the hens to Scotsbrig; pray do not neglect to persist in that. Keep an eye thither.