The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 25 June 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520625-TC-JAC-01; CL 27: 150-151


Chelsea, 25 june, 1852—

My dear Brother,

I am glad to hear your Parcel has at last arrived; I suspect those delays must be inevitable by the cheap train, at least they always occur in this direction too. It appears you did not get the Margt Fuller, after all, but only the Leigh Hunt,1 which was bound in a similar fashion! I will take care of the other for you by some early opportunity. Some considerable bother has been here about certain Mss. which Miss Fuller had left in charge with a Miss Gillies, and whh Emerson and the Mother Fuller were anxious to regain. I have happily got thro' that for them; and am this day to give the Packet itself into John Chapman's hands for despatch by the Steamer: so that ends. I had a very kind Letter from Emerson2 this week, chiefly about that; I wd send it today (instead of next time) except for the weight of other enclosures. By the bye, as to that of Books by post, it is still a dubious point with me whether such a “Letter” as the one inclosed last time, was within the law or without. You can stick in any “papers” unsealed; only no Letters (which that, properly, was not, any longer?)—in short, I suppose, you must not defraud the Post-Office. It is a doubtful case!

Varnhagen's and Neuberg's Letters you may return when convenient: N.'s Book-parcel, by Bunsen's Courier from Aachen, has not yet been heard of; but will probably come, after “the 1st inst,” when another Courier is due. I have great store of Books for present reading on that subject; and they cost little, if one could only get them carried.— — Today we have had the House Agent (a dirty little Cockney, just gone); and are to have a lease of 31 years; after which, forward with the improvements! The top story (I think, the new one) must unterbleiben [be omitted] for this year; there is such abundance to do in the old parts. And the sooner we begin, of course the sooner we shall end. What our movements are to be, in the middle of such complicacies (for Jane ought to be here, while the repairs go on), and whether we try for Germany or not, is still uncertain. Naturally I think of Annandale too, and my dear old Mother there, whom with the rest of you I naturally want to see! Hitherto the weather is delightful here, but by and by it will be too hot.— Is poor Isabella grown better? And my brave old Mother,—eheu, but I have neither time nor room left,—Ever yours T. C.

I have to leave out Varnhagen, as over weight. Nichts [of no consequence]!—