The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 20 December 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531220-TC-JWC-01; CL 28: 344


The Grange 20 decr, 1853

Thanks for your poor scrawl, my poor little Jeannie; the state of the penmanship testified too clearly what a pass you were still at! It was very kind and good to send that little word.

That note of John's is all my remaining correspondence for this day: I slept ill over night (some new lodger already in your room); it was a dark damp-frosty morning: you may judge what spirits I was in!— Well, I have made a resolution at last; and here it is. Namely:

I come home to you tomorrow (12 o'clock train, which will be about 3 or 3½ at Chelsea); with the intention of going on to Scotsbrig on friday morning. That I have signified to John tonight. On the whole, I must go: Lady A. admitted at once when I told her the case, that I ought to go thither, without doubt. At any rate, to get out of this has become a necessity for me; this is not supportable in my present condition!

Expect me therefore tomorrow afternoon. Neck-of-mutton broth? or what? I really do not care. You need not be advised to put me a good fire in the bedroom, for it is and was very damp.

New people, of all kinds, are come or coming:1 for me there was but one thing clear, to go.

I hope for some Note in the morning: at all events I will have all your news few hours later.

Adieu, Dearest /

T. Carlyle

I slept this forenoon till the Luncheon bell awoke me! It is now six, and I am quite belated with an immense walk I have had,—really not 5 miles either!— Adieu—