The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 18 August 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510818-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 130-131


Malvern, 18 Augt, 1851—

My dear Brother,

Here are the 14 penny Stamps for the sheets you are to send. I have despatched my Mother's Book today; and this I hope will be the end of these burbles.1 I have not yet written my American despatch, or decided what to write,—indeed I never thot of it all day till just now, when dinner is momently expected. So that must stand over. If you put the Leader in the P.O. last night, it will come this evg; but that is hardly any matter. Daily News, Times &c come here; and I find them for most part unreadable.— Tonight we are to “drink tea” with the distinguished stupid Seniors:2 Sr met me last night in my walk, and there was no getting off.

Poor Wm Hamilton: his death gave me a tragic shock; and still dwells painfully with me.3 He was a good friend to all of us; and a clear, wholesome, sincere and honest man. It often struck me, in late years, he was very far from happy: who knows whether we ought to lament for his death, and not rather regard it as a deliverance and eternal relief to him? Eheu, eheu!— — Shall you have anything to do, of your own, in the settlement of his affairs? I mean in reference to Alick and your Loan. If so, you might ask Alick for the American Debt Bond (Paper of Coupons or whatever they call it) which is mine.4 It wd be better if I had the wretched document, tho' it is worth nothing at prest.— Enough, dear Brother. Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle