January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 29 August 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450829-TC-JWC-01; CL 19: 179


Chelsea, Friday [29 August 1845].

Oh impatient Goody! What an image you have got of the possibilities of human travel! Nothing to do but rub one's bill on one's toe, take wing, and straightway arrive!—— I said yesterday, the likeliest day was Wednesday; but we can yet appoint no day. Chapman has been here this morning: I am off into the City to send away money,—to make an attempt to get myself a pair of gloves and other things! The female mind is very impatient, and knows little about the impediments that obstruct an unfortunate man. I have also written to Emerson; shall have other letters to write; then a ride in the evening—the last but two. This morning there is a Letter from Alick: very sad as usual, but wholesome-looking too; it has to go off directly to my Mother, if Jack had seen it. He is out, I think, roving over the Earth.

I meant to send Miss Donaldson1 a Copy of the new Past and Present: can you tell me any other in your sphere who requires and deserves one?—

Do not forget to send me Fitzgerald's plan of the route to Bedford: it will be needed on Sunday night.

Here is the German Woman's Letter,—illegible to you I dare say; but some of the Seaforth Household will be able to read it. She seems to be somewhat of a fool, and I do not design answering her Letter.— What time do your Letters really arrive at Seaforth? Nay, it is no matter at all! They arrive when they can; and impatient Goodies give them what reception they can!— Take care of yourself till Wednesday or Thursday, poor Goody!

Ever yours,

T. C.