The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 10 August 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510810-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 125


Malvern, Sunday [10 August 1851]—

Dear Brother,—Before Jane's Letter go (which seems in a very great hurry!) let me say that I duly received the Map for which many thanks; then the drinkingcup, do do;1—and that I appear to myself to be going on well here rather than ill.

“Packing” at 6½ a. m., decidedly a soothing invigorating operation, followed by a walk of ¾ of an hour: then breakfast; sit-bath of 20 minutes at 12 (very curious affair indeed!) followed by smart walk to bring oneself in heat again: dinner at half past 2; sit-bath again at 5 with walk, or perhaps long violent ride: that with bed at 10½ and better or worse sleep,—is the history of a natural day. One full week of it is now over; and certainly I feel very considerably cleared and invigorated in the nerves; but the most of that I could impute very well (hitherto) to unusually liberal exercise, fresh air, fresh water drunk so copiously: and what the precise effect of the water-cure itself may be I cannot say hitherto.

By your Letter of today it seems to be very uncertain whether Jean is coming to town, or whether even James will come. How lucky not to be there when the Edinr Saintesses2 come!— Adieu, dear Brother. I hope to write again soon more at large.

Your affectionate /

T. Carlyle