April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT ; 8 August 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440808-TC-AJS-01; CL 18: 172


Chelsea, 8 August, 1844—

Dear Scott,

We are much gratified that you have come back to us; it is good in itself, and we hope it is a token of farther good.

If you be in Town again, give me warning, and I will wait for you. If you do not return soon, I will come to Woolwich, and look after you. Perhaps about the end of next week, I may turn up there, if I hear nothing from you.

My Wife has been in Lancashire, and has returned; we are in our usual state of infirm health, and have no thought at present but of remaining quiet here.— Poor Sterling, as we learn from the best sources, is in a very dangerous if not an altogether hopeless way. I have long refused to consider him as dying; but even I now begin to fear the worst. He cannot lie down in bed; the Doctors say there is a cavity formed in his lungs, and hardly enough left to furnish him with painful breath of life. Alas, alas!— —

I hope to see you in not many days.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle