July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 22 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480122-TC-JWC-01; CL 22: 229


Alverstoke Saturday / (after breakfast) [22 January 1848]—

Well, Dearest; be it so, then; so is best I do believe. With immense exertion of industry I get this half line written and conveyed to Gosport while the time for Post still is;—to say that I will come on Monday if all go as it should. My cold is hardly better; the feverishness is considerably abated, but the cough is still there (insignificant, tho' unusual), and the sleepnessness1 which is the root of all. Also the folly, the cackling and the noise!

Take care of thyself, and keep snug, snug! Ellice (the Bear) is come, Senior is coming this night—ach! Charteris has done a Portrait of me—in few minutes (an hour or so) last night,—really very like all but the eyes. Lady Anne has given me a pair of charming wristikins: viel Dank [many thanks].2— Lady Harriet is not come down this morning; I settle the time without her. God bless thee, Dearest; take care of thyself—till Monday.

Thank John for his Scotsbrig news.3 Ever your own

T. Carlyle