The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 24 July 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510724-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 109-110


Chelsea, 24 july, 1851—

Dear Brother,

We are meditating seriously to go for a month to the Water–Cure,—that is, I am to be douched &c, and Jane is to go with me, and see. After consultation, Malvern and Gully1 seem the likely thing: the “four weeks” of Water-cure once well done, we shd proceed Northward to Annandale and to the Stanleys;2 Jane wd continue in Lancashire, and we could do them both before our return, which must be early in September, to these parts. I have written to Gully today, as the first step: we must bundle straightway, if his reply be favourable!

I c[l]early3 think you ought to gather yourself together, and come off; you will not find us here otherwise! The room, as I said, is perfectly at your service; and, after our departure, we could arrange that you should continue to do very well with Anne, who is a staid solid elderly very honest and cleanly woman, and would serve you very attentively so long as you could manage to stay.— The Darmstadt concern I have been obliged to give up, owing to the impediment of these Proofsheets &c; Rothesay4 involves too much travelling: in short, Malvern seems to be the eligible place, even apart from other considerations. Up, therefore, if you are coming at all!

On Monday I (almost) propose to have a dip in the sea at Brighton,—conveyance thither and back, by rapid train, for 3/1— Tom Wilson duce [leader]! But we shall see. For these two days it has done nothing but rain, with a little thunder; whh will give us a fine atmosphere when the sun returns. Redwood is here; very dull and deaf. Neuberg sends you his regards from Berlin.5— I have not another word except to send my love to my dear Mother and the rest of you, whom I hope to see again soon, for a little while. Adieu, dear Brother. All still is riot here (on the streets) tho' the quality are mostly gone. Yours ever

T. Carlyle