October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 16 April 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460416-TC-JCA-01; CL 20: 168


Chelsea, 16 April, 1846—

Dear Jean

I was very glad of your Letter, which came to me duly the other evening in my solitude here. I believe I shall be better by and by,—if indeed there were anything but fatigue that ailed me at present:—for I ride very diligently, on one of the liveliest black horses, 15 miles at a stretch; and the weather is often very bright and genial. Jane is coming home on Monday.— Thanks dear Sister for all your kind feelings to me; I assure you they are well valued by me and very dear to me.

I forgot till this morning what was due to the poor sick Grier.1 Here are two sovereigns for the poor creature: the order is [in] James's name: you may either give the whol[e at] once, or give it in instalments, as you know to be suitablest: perhaps, if his Wife is a careful body, the whole at once might be cheerfuller for them.— Do not forget at any time to give me some hint when any one belonging at all to me is in distress. There is no duty so sacred as that of pitying one another, and trying (what is rarely possible) to help one another a little. The poor Griers— Oh me!

My Printers are nearly done with the second volume,—some three days of it yet. A month more, and then! Emerson has made a bargain for me in America for this new Edition;2 if anything come of that, we shall see. I had a Letter from him yesterday; and a strange dud of Yankee Newspaper; which Jane has now got, and I think will send to some of you.— Do whatever you think good about the Books;3 I shall have some more to send by and by. Look after poor Jenny. Good be with you all. Adieu dear Jean: it is late and I am very [tired]. Your affe Brother

T. Carlyle