January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 2 August 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450802-TC-JAC-01; CL 19: 124-125


Chelsea, 2 August 1845

Dear Brother,

I was glad of your Note however short; I could not well make out what you were upon, or how you were prospering, at Leamington.1 My Mother's illness, tho' Jamie treats it slightingly, is not good news. I have written to him for farther information. Here is a little Note from Jean at Dumfries, which indicates all to be well in that quarter. You certainly will gather strength at your Watering place, at any green fresh-aired “place” whatever, in this season. How long do you mean to stay? Or you have not yet set any term?

Jane went away on Tuesday gone a week; has been a week at her Uncle's, till he set off for the Frith of Clyde: she was to remove yesterday to Seaforth, where there is no chance of my rejoining her, as was once contemplated; she has then her Welsh visit &c: possibly enough she may still find me here at her return. Milnes asks us to Fryston,—won't do: Fergus asks me to Perthshire,—won't: Sir Hy Varney again to Bedfordshire:2—alas, “what's ta use on't?”3 I have to continue here, very ill off at times, and get my deadly burden rolled away first.— I am on the Final Part now, thank Heaven; but shall have a tough wrestle with it still. Last Saturday and Sunday I was at Addiscombe: Everett the American and others there. I got a cold by the job; had a very fierce ride home on Monday morning to breakfast. I ride daily unless the weather absolutely prohibit: far and fast; my horse is swift, strong, but still a little troublesome with his freaks. I do not grow worse, nor very perceptibly better. My heart is very sad. Courage! I must get thro' that rubbish and rest myself.

Ever your affectionate /

T. Carlyle