The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOHN GLEN ; 24 September 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530924-TC-JOGL-01; CL 28: 276-277


Addiscombe Farm, Croydon 24 Septr, 1853—

Dear Sir,

Your last Note found me here, whither I had run out for a little glimpse of solitude and fresh air, and where I still am, in the enjoyment of these blessings. The Book,1 as I learn, has arrived, safe and all right, at Chelsea; it will be a short time yet before I see it: therefore I will not delay this announcement; nor my thanks, and final congratulations on the good issue of our little joint adventure, which winds itself up in this handsome manner. I have not, for a long while, been so well satisfied with anything I engaged in. I will keep that Book among my valuables; it will awaken many kindly recollections, and none other than kindly, whenever I look upon it henceforth. Good Mrs Glen, and the “Manse” at the end of Ednam Street; poor old Annandale;—the sad and beautiful old years that were, and are no more!—

Tell Mrs Glen that my good old Mother, now 82 years of age, and utterly frail in body tho' perfect and clear as ever in intellect and mind, rejoices to hear of this little Transaction; having still, as she ever invariably had, the most loyal feeling towards that quarter.

I will send many kind wishes, thanks and regards to the Head of your Household, and to all members of it; and remain always

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle