TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 3 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540103-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 3-4
TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE
Chelsea, 3 jany, 1854—
My dear Brother,
Jamie and I caught your Note at Middlebie yesterday morning, on the road to the rail. It was as cold a morning as I ever felt.
My journey went on without outward accident; but was supremely unpleasant,—from the hour-and-half to wait at Carlisle, and
then from the raging hurry whh frustrated all attempts at getting either food or drink in the stern cold. From Lancashire onwards I suffered from cold,
wrap as I might; and was very glad indeed to see Euston Square at last. Even there my troubles did not end; for I got a cabman,
half drunk, whose hourse was not roughened,1 whom I had to dismiss with noise at the top of Regent street: finally I got home at one; and found those troubles ended. The frost is intense all the way, London very white and slippery as glass, under a grey iron sky.— I have looked at my Mother's Picture;2 tried here and there to realise the sad and stern new fact, which will be of such importance to me: but as yet it is all
a kind of dim stupefaction;
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Frontispiece, CL Volume 13
Detail of a portrait of Margaret A. Carlyle by Maxwell of Dumfries, 1842, Carlyle's House, Chelsea.
Reproduced by permission of The National Trust for Places of Historical Interest or Natural Beauty, London.
To Jamie I have written a line. Newspapers to the others.— — Jane is gone out, and night is sinking. (4 p.m.)