The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 20 April 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520420-TC-MAC-01; CL 27: 92-93


Chelsea, Tuesday morng [20 April 1852]

My dear Mother,

I am much afraid I missed your Newspapers yesterday, and you will not get them till tomorrow along with this. I am very sorry; but the case was thus. I sat scribbling here longer than my custom, but did not at all know it was so late, and so put my pocketful of Letters and Newspapers into the first Chelsea Postoffice: on getting up to the Eaton-Square clock, I found it past five, an hour beyond what I expected, and at first could hardly believe my eyes!— You must forgive me this time, and I will try to be more pointed again.

Enclosed is the Cover of a Canada Newspaper which came from Alick yesterday afternoon. It has the due “three strokes” on it, and was very welcome indeed,—as, if the Doctor have told you about the missive I had sent to Alick long since, you will very well understand.1 It is all right now, and no mistake has happened;—and, another time, we ought to be more patient, and think how long it sometimes takes to get an answer back by the speediest method, in spite of all the Steamers they have.

We are still very cold, tho' with bright sun today; and have still no rain. But poor Jane's Anne, the Servant is at last coming home today, or come, and greatly mended, in fact quite able for her business; which will be a special convenience.— Tell Jack this is Paper (of this kind I am now using) which can be had if he likes it, whenever there is a conveyance for it, and an order given.

Dear Mother I am much hurried and flurried, my work all still ahead of me; and so must end. I delight to think of you looking at the primroses again under the blessed spring sun: thanks to Heaven for all its mercies to us! With my continual affection,

Yours /

T. Carlyle