The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 3 June 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530603-TC-MAC-01; CL 28: 159-160


Chelsea, Friday 3 june, 1853

My dear good Mother,—My time is utterly run out today (drudging in sad clerk work, over some Books &c), but I will not go without a word to you, lest you fancy something wrong.

We are well enough, and very busy; Jane is talking seriously of a visit to Moffat about the end of this month! I think it will really do her good; and believe (pretty much) she will go.— John has written us two welcome little Notes about you,—but you seem to be still in a very feeble way, alas. And the weather has grown quite cold again; since Monday we have not seen the sun, nothing but chill Northwind, and pretty strong too: today there are blinks of sun from time to time, no change yet in the wind. Me it suits very well, this kind of weather; but poor you, and people that cannot walk!— We must hope it will mend soon.

John Gordon was with us last night; very cheerful, but older than I ever saw him: the Northwind had puckered his skin, and shewn his years better. He tells me, poor Wilson (the great Professor, writer in Blackwood &c) is thought to be dying;—ill of palsy this some time, and now worse. He was a big strong man; body and mind big enough: but not very wise in his ways of life.1— — Maccall, last Lecture, had 50; which is a great increase! Nothing farther heard of the Glen case. Mrs Glen (Gordon tells me) has a son and daughter with her (of the rest, dead or living, he can say nothing, knows nothing); she lives in a goodish street; tried to get “boarders,” but could not,—and will be greatly relieved by even a small success to this Petition.— — I hope young Jamie has decided, and for the best; I could not have advised him, other than the Dr did.— Creep close into a warm place, dear Mother! I will write soon again. Love to all.

Ever yours /

T. Carlyle

The Fraser is ready; and will come soon,—I wish I had something better along with it.