The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JAMES M. GULLY; 28 July 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510728-TC-JMG-01; CL 26: 113-114


Chelsea, 28 july, 1851—

Dear Dr Gully,

Your Letter is of the most encouraging and unexpected sort; gratifying, in a high degree, to both my Wife and me. Certainly I might go round the world and not meet with a better chance of Water-Cure! We will, being human and not canine or asinine, accept your magnanimous offer; we have at once settled to be with you on Saturday first,1 if that will suit; and for four weeks thereafter, you shall work your will on us, and see what will come of it. Something beneficial, I do really believe or hope; and that is itself a good prognostic. Your hospitable roof shall lodge us, at least till we can deliberately look out for other perfectly eligible lodgings,—which is a grand help to start with. And whatever your medical treatment may do, it is certain such frank generosity and human kindness acts very favourably on the spiritual part of the individuals in question, and cannot fail of its effect!—

Before Saturday I will write again; explaining, or perhaps inquiring, about routes and hours: Saturday, as I said, is our day, if all days are indifferent to you.— At present, being frightfully busy, I will cease,—before the Eclipse comes on; which we shall only see as a treble X London Fog, the sky being all damp and cloudy.2

With many kind regards and thanks / Yours sincerely

T. Carlyle