The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE; 15 March 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510315-TC-MAC-01; CL 26: 47-48


Chelsea, Saturday [15 March 1851]

My dear Mother,

I am whipped exceedingly for time, and cannot write as I intended; so take one word, to abolish your anxieties about us. We are quite out of our Influenza, or as good as quite: I very busy with my work again; Jane venturing out a little every day we have fair skies; sleeping well enough &c &c. She has also got a promising servant engaged, in return for this present one, who is also a really good creature, but obliged to go away (it is her own choice) owing to sudden deafness.

We got John's short but welcome Note; for which, thanks. You would be greatly contented by the good news from Alick. I sent the Letter on to Dumfries duly the same day.

We have bad weather this morning; rain, but a better temperature as to heat. Duffy (of Dublin) is here; ill of liver, and ordered to go idle for a week or two. We are to see him here expressly soon.— Here also is a hardly legible Letter from Craik, which John may light his pipe with (I had been sending “Autographs” to Craik for a bazaar: that is the origin of the “thanks,” if they prove legible).— The Ministry, men think, is in a dying way again.1

Enough, dear Mother. Oh take care of yourself, and let the Dr take good care of you, till the weather fairly mend!— My love to one and all. Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle