August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO JOHN HARE; 7 December 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461207-TC-JOHA-01; CL 21:107-108.


Chelsea: 7 December, 1846.

I receive with deep sorrow, as you may imagine, your melancholy news this morning. Your noble mother now gone was the first friend I acquired in this country, was the oldest and dearest friend I anywhere had in the world; a truer, more generous, or higher soul I have never known. And now, all on a sudden, she is snatched away, I am to see her face no more, to hear her kind voice, or commune with her noble heart no more.1

In such cases words are very vain; nor will I add any. I desire to offer an affectionate sympathy to Mrs. Hare, in this her great distress: let her live worthy of such a mother. There is no other consolation but what lies in that direction.

With many thoughts which it would be profane to write; with remembrances which will not quit me while I live, I remain with true participation,

Yours faithfully always,

T. Carlyle.