The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 3 July 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500703-TC-JAC-01; CL 25: 110


Chelsea, Wedy 3 july, 1850 3½ p.m.

Dear Brother,—It is all over with poor Peel! The accounts yesterday were of various tenor, generally black and bad,—a great crowd of people, poor and rich, streaming about all day, and large placard-bulletins handed out to them,—in the evening we heard that there was a marked improvement; Poor Peel had risen, washed his teeth &c;—and alas, alas, about 11 at night, he died, and it was all ended! Lady Ashburton was here this forenoon with the news; all in tears recently and even still; going out to Addiscombe to be in silence till Monday. The public emotion is very great. Peel retained his consciousness, his perfect composure,—took the sacrament, took farewell of them all.— I have not been so sad over the loss of any public man in my time. That meeting I had with him in the Horseguards,1 of which I told you, has now become a truly mournful and tragic one.

My dear Mother and you and all of them are likely to feel an interest in this sad news; so I send it, tho' without time for a word more. My morning's work has utterly failed,—but I cannot help it now; I must out at prest and try to do better tomorrow.

Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle.