January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 26 June 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450626-TC-JAC-01; CL 19: 85-86


Chelsea, Thursday Evg [26 June 1845]

My dear Brother,

At present I have literally only two minutes; but I give you that rather than nothing at all.

The Books for my Mother are sent off, and will be at Dumfries, in James Aitken's care, about the beginning of the Month.1 Did you mean that the other remained to be bought? Send a Penny Note to the Bookseller from any point; tell him to send the Book hither; and I will pay him for it.

I am very glad to think of your being in Annandale;—sorry that you think of quitting it so soon. Why not stay a while longer; cannot you come back from Raine if he do send for you so soon? Tell my dear Mother that I am pretty well, tho' terribly busy; that I ride two hours daily,—and make what way I can in my Book and otherwise. So soon as the Book is done, I am off for Annandale!— I am not so ill off just now as I was few days ago, with my Printers; I thought they would actually have caught me:—but Oliver is made Protector now!2

They are raising a Subscription for Bn Nelson's Widow at Annan to fit her out into some kind of Establishment about Liverpool, I think.3 Yesternight I sent off two sovereigns to them for it.

Poor Isabella, I am heartily sorry for her. Something radically gone awry; a case of great misery very clearly.

Give my affectionate remembrances to every one; tell my Mother I will write to her soon;—and do you write again witht delay.— Our Grampus Cousin is gone a week ago.

Ever your affectionate /

T. Carlyle