April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE; 1 July 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490701-TC-JWC-01; CL 24: 87-88


Plymouth Harbour, 1 july [1849] (Sunday Evg midnight)—

Dearest,—After lying an hour in my wretched hammock, vainly endeavouring for a chance to sleep, opposed by the babble of two intolerable twaddling blockheads an English and a Scotch,—it suddenly occurs to me that I might write to my poor Goody from this place, and agreeably surprise her little heart; whereupon behold me up, and this the first fruit of my exquisite Writing-desk! Good luck to it.

We have got on very prettily thus far;1 it is our course to pause in this Port all night, and take in coals, and deliver and receive cargo &c; we sail at 8 tomorrow morning and are to be in Dublin, if we prosper, on Tuesday Evening.

All is well hitherto, le sommeil manque [sleep lacking]:2 I did not sleep at all hardly last night,—owing to snoring &c (Enter Walrus;3 cetera desunt [no time for more])

(Dublin) [no signature]