July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 23 September 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470923-JWC-TC-01; CL 22: 85-86


Thursday [23 September 1847]

You must have another little letter today Dear; in case you take a notion to fret. I continue to mend rapidly. had a good deal of sleep last night—without henbane—and today, I astonished Anne by telling her I was “very hungry”— I have absolutely nothing to complain of but weakness—and that will not hold out long against such a good appetite

After I had sent off my letter yesterday Lady Harriet called— She would not of course venture into a sick room; but she sent up a very kind message, that she would be at Addiscombe till Wednesday, and if I would come there “out of this paint” she would send the a carriage for me anyday—“This Paint” is not very bad—it is only the outside that is getting done—and in my bed room the smell does not reach me at all—but in the rooms Anne says it really is very unpleasant—I accepted her offer at once—as I always do every kindness she offers me— That is to say I sent word that I expected to be quite strong enough for going on Saturday in which case I should be most happy to go if she would be so kind as send for me.1

One of the People who has been kindest to me during my illness is Mr Chambers's Old John— He has actually reduced all the pianos to utter silence— Hearing Anne say that the noise of his Ladies was enough to drive her mistress mad. he said “I will put a stop to that” and went immediately himself into the Drawing room and told the Ladies then at the piano “he wondered they were not ashamed of themselves making such a noise and Mrs Carlyle at death's door on the other side the wall”— And there has not been a note struck since—five days ago.—

John is here now—writing letters on Dr Cambells business in the library2—this being his flitting [moving] day at home3

I hope I shall have a letter from you tonight

Ever yours faithfully


Love to your Mother and the rest