The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 27 December 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531227-TC-JN-01; CL 28: 357-358


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan N.B. / 27 decr, 1853—

Dear Neuberg,

I received your last Letter here, whither a sad and sacred call has drawn me. I quitted The Grange on Wednesday; left Chelsea on Thursday Evening, and got hither next morning;—to the tenderest meeting that could well be provided for me on this side of Eternity. My brave old Mother, worn down to the last stage of bodily weakness, had still her faculties of intellect and heart in a wonderful degree of clearness;—recognised me still with a feeble gleam of real joy; and thanked God with me to the end that we had been permitted to meet once again before the final parting in this world. What I have seen and experienced since is not to be lightly spoken of in words. She quitted us at last, after long sorrows and sufferings nobly borne, in a mercifully gentle way, at 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon,—leaving surely ineffaceable remembrances, and an example of simple dignity, courage, generosity and human worth, continued to the very end, which ought to be a high and sacred lesson and monition to all that were connected with her. We are called to say, as from of old, God's great will be done.—

I return to Chelsea probably about Saturday night.— I had got your Note at The Grange, and Lord An had got your Book. Adieu till we meet,—next week, as I conjecture and hope.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle