July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 18 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480118-TC-JAC-01; CL 22: 219-220


Alverstoke, 18 jany, 1848

My dear Brother,

Many thanks for your punctual Letters to me; for your kind care of Jane, who is very grateful for your attention to her. From herself I hear this morning that she proposes Thursday for an expedition hither. I have already written to her, and my chief reason for writing to you today is to bid you, first, go down and examine candidly whether you do think her fit for such a thing; then, secondly, if your decision and hers be still in the affirmative, to see her, with all gentleness and care, put safe into the railway train,—we being forewarned here at what hour to expect her. That is all, at present, in the way of business; and even that, I suppose, is but bidding you do the thing you have already resolved on. Better so than worse.— For the rest, the Nodes Fly, on Thursday morning, can come to you, if you like, in the first place, and then wait at Cheyne Row for Jane and the luggage; nota bene too, Battersea Bridge is the road.

I do not get on well here at all hitherto, as Jane may have been telling you; am sadly short of sleep; and have caught, in addition to my usual dyspepsias, a considerable quantity of cold. If Jane do not decide on coming, and I do not grow much better, I think I shall decide on coming home very soon.

The inclosed from Jean came today; you may shew it to Jane, who has not yet seen it. Alick's Letter shall go to my Mother tomorrow morning, which is our first post (equivalent to the London afternoon) since it arrived.

I have been out riding; a long ride, on a baddish horse, and too thinly clad for riding slow: we have a dinner-party moreover tonight,—some curates and sea-captains &c,—I have not much of a prospect before me just at this moment! Adieu dear Brother

Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle