April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO WILLIAM BINGHAM BARING ; 21 December 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441221-TC-WBB-01; CL 18: 290


Chelsea, 21 decr, 1844—

Dear Mr Baring,

We are greatly indebted to Lady Harriet for her humane and generous procedure in this matter; we, and all parties interested. She may say, as the Patriarch Job did in old times, “The blessing of her that was ready to perish was upon me!”1 My Wife has been very much distressed about poor Miss Bölte; whose situation, tho' we could not understand much about the Buller affairs in Nice, seemed sufficiently forlorn, disastrous,—almost shocking to picture in one's fancy. We can now imagine to ourselves a very great improvement indeed; a clear door of deliverance opened, and no lives lost, no irreparable damage done!— Pray call, and receive my Wife's thanks when you come back to Town: you will also have a great arrear of questions to answer from myself—

Today I send up to Stanhope Street a poor little Book, translated from Jean Paul's German,2 which perhaps Lady Ashburton may consent to try if she can read. If you be gone, the servants will take charge of forwarding it when opportunity next serves. There is no haste about it; unluckily none whatever; if it do prove readable, that will be all, poor thing!—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle