The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE; 17 September 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510917-TC-MAC-01; CL 26: 177


Manchester, Wednesday 17th [September 1851]

My dear Mother,—Having five minutes to spare, I write a word to give you assurance that we are safe thus far. I got on without any kind of misventure yesterday, but only with the usual confused jumblings and whistlings and total want of all free will; and reached Manchester nearly an hour after my time; heartily glad to get to rest again and out of the belly of my sad machine. Jane and the two Jewsbury's here were still labouring under cold, but did their best for my entertainment; I got an excellent quiet bed, a fair average proportion of sleep: Jane is not worse this morning; and now, after reposing long enough, we are about taking the road for Alderley Park (only 28 miles of railway), where we are to arrive about 3. There we shall be well rested, for two days; and then home, we hope, by a tolerable day's journey on Friday night.

John had written to Jane,1 pretty much to the effect of what he wrote to me; I think you are likely to see him soon next week: a result I am greatly contented at for your sake Dear Mother, I hope you are rather better again, and getting into your old composure again. The thought of your sufferings and weakness lies heavy, heavy on me: Oh that I could do anything to alleviate your burden; it were well my part! But we are all in a Good Hand, for Time and for Eternity, and there we must rest. Thank Isabella and Jamie for their great kindness to me. Jane sends you and the rest her love. Jack's Letter is in another Box or I wd send it along with this. God's blessing on you all. Oh take care of yourself, dear good Mother. Your ever affectionate T. Carlyle