1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 19 May 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540519-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 103-104


Chelsea, 19 May, 1854—

My dear Brother,

I now return the Inscription; Jane too approves of your way, therefore let it so stand.1—I meant yesterday to have got up to the London Library, and to have had a glance at the Commons Journals of 1771: but it was a wet cold day. I got ill on (or rather not on at all) in my garret here; and when fairly out on the street, I found there clearly was not time for the operation. I go today somewhat earlier;—I will close my Note there, so soon as I have got the information, and inserted it.2— I generally understood my Mother was about 25 years older th[an] [part of page missing] flatter myself the place will gradually grow familiar to me, and answer (with all its drawbacks) my purposes moderately well. Tho' far from absolutely noiseless, it is far quieter than most rooms are, and it is all my own.

Tom Wilson wrote to me lately from Weimar, a splatchy kind of Letter, which I meant to send you, but it has fallen aside, in the flitting up hither. Marshall3 wrote to me from the same place today: all overjoyed with Wilson; he do with them,—is made Hoffähig [presentable], is going to get English Boarders (if possible), is &c &c: all very well indeed.— On Sunday last we saw poor Lockhart, just come from Rome; Jane thinks him far gone in consumption,—poor Lt., he much affected me, with his wan look, tough, invincible to the very last