The Collected Letters, Volume 26


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


Malvern, 18 Augt, 1851

My dear Mother,

Today I send you a Copy of my own bit of a Book, which you have heard so much of lately. I hope you will have it well read by the time I come. This is only a temporary binding; we will get it tightly bound in leather if I were once there.— Only 3 days ago I sent you an American Biography, and not long before, you had Fraser: this new Book has come, by John's diligence, sooner than I expected;1—and I dare say you will read it first now that you have it. I am very glad to have the thing off my hands; and that is all the recommendation I can give it to myself.

I am growing rather eager to hear of you now: there was a cover sent, the last time I wrote; I must ask Isabella to put me a word into it again;—if it merely say “all well,” it will be highly welcome here.— — We ourselves are going on steadily; all prospering in the only sense we can expect,—namely, nothing wrong, and the “Water Cure” freely going its due course. I take immense quantities of exercise: I often think, if I were at Scotsbrig equally diligent with myself and living mainly on excellent milk and meal, perhaps the improvement wd be equally perceptible without “water” at all. But we will go on to the end of our fourth week, and then see what comes of it.—— Tell Isabella to write, if she have not already written, a little word. The dinner is just come here; so I must wrap my Book, and stop, with blessings to you all. Your affectionate son / T. Carlyle