October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 19 October 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451019-TC-MAC-01; CL 20: 31-32


Chelsea, 19 Octr, 1845—

My dear Mother,

The two Notes I sent you on the journey hither have, I hope, arrived; and prepared you for this, which is to announce that I got safe home last night (Saturday night); all safe, tho' about an hour later than was anticipated at starting. The train was very large and heavy; that was the thing that retarded us: we left Liverpool at eleven, and I did not reach Chelsea till half past ten. Jane was waiting for me; and had tea and all accommodations ready; and the house all bright as a new pin, for she has been very creditably improving it in my absence.— She thanks you very kindly for your gifts; likes the stockings and the little napkin very much, and is really pleased with that mark of your attention to her.

Jack had been here last night, but had tired of waiting for me. He did not come this morning; and was gone out when I went to him: however he did come to tea,—all well,—and is now sitting smoking down in the kitchen where I have left him: that is the reason why I have to write with more brevity than I intended. The needful is, That we are all well, and safe here once more, with all these many miles of journeying now behind us. My own mood, as you may fancy, is still a little confused; but I have got some sleep, got a complete washing of myself effected; must set about winding up a number of little matters I find here; and shall soon get into my old track again. My visit to Annandale has been full of interest to me,—and could not but be, while I have you there, my dear good Mother. Let me be thankful for all the good things a gracious Giver is still providing for me in this changeful world, where there is no joy without its corresponding sorrow!—

Jack is evidently very well in health; he has set vigorously to working at Dante again, and seems much agog about that for the present. He still talks about Annandale, and I rather think will come to you in not many weeks; but I cannot get a positive answer, Yes or No, tonight: he will himself write to you by and by. You got Alick's new Letter, I hope? I have not yet seen it.— You will get the Examiner on the Wednesday morning this time; in future weeks, it will be regularly at the Backburn, I hope, on the Tuesdays. Jamie's Letter to Jane came punctually. Thank them all for me, the good kind souls; thank Jenny and every one. I pray for all blessings on you, and so say Good Night.

T. Carlyle