candlestick

1853


The Collected Letters, Volume 28


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TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE AND JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 12 March 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530312-TC-JAJ-01; CL 28: 72


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE AND JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN

Chelsea 12 March 1853

Dear Brother,—I wrote to you yesterday; and here this morning is a packet come which I am to send (see Note at the corner!),1 to Moffat in the first place. You will, I suppose, despatch it to Dumfries, as soon as you have read it. Poor “little Tom” (who is grown big Tom, or big enough, now) writes capitally: an excellent hand, perfect spelling, and a direct dashing down upon the essential facts to be communicated!2 I wish I could think of some Book, or other little encouragment, to send him.

Maccall has got £40 from the Literary Fund, given in the most handsome and prompt manner; for which he (and I) ought to be very thankful indeed! They write about it this morning. Yours ever

T. Carlyle

Pooh, pooh! On reading this a second time, I find I am all wrong! Let it go first therefore to you (Dear Sister Jean); and then despatch it to Moffat if you like!— / T.C