1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO SIR JAMES STEPHEN; 4 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540104-TC-SJS-01; CL 29: 4


Chelsea, 4 jany, 1854—

Dear Sir James,

I am sorry to deny your first request, and that so kind a one. But I have been admonished to seclusion and silence, rather sternly, in these current days. My dear and good old Mother, who had been spared to me as a priceless blessing so long, has at length been taken from us: she died on Christmas day; I had hastened from The Grange;1 was so mercifully dealt with as to be there still in time;—I am just returned from Scotland, my head and heart, naturally, full of sad and sacred unutterabilities. God give me to live the rest of my life as she lived hers: that is all the prayer I make.

In a week or two I propose calling on you. Were my affairs once set in order, it will be a great comfort to speak to you again.

Meanwhile may all good be with you and your household. I remain always

Sincerely Yours /

T. Carlyle