1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 6 June 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540606-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 113


Chelsea, 6 june, 1854—

My dear Brother,

Your Note came yesterday;1 and there is only perhaps a word of answer, one word, that can be of use; let me therefore write that just now,—in the middle of my dreary so-called day's-work; before going down to smoke my first pipe!

If you should chance to come on Friday night, and it were after 7 p.m., you will find us gone out for some hours. We are to dine at the Marshalls's2 that night; so you must give us warning,—that Anne, the Servant, may be warned and all may go smooth for you as if we ourselves were there. Anne is a very judicious good woman; will know you at once by face (especially if warned), get you tea, chops, rasher of bacon or whatever you like; and about 11 ½ you will see us return, if you have not preferred to go to bed first.— This is all I had to say.

Our weather is still grimly cold; northwind very strong, and nothing but grey clouds all over the sky. Neuberg was here (by appointment,—he never comes otherwise, good soul) on Sunday night: very well; and solicits to be sent to the Museum for me; in which I surely might gratify him! He lives at Willesden, in a pleasant convenient kind of big house, and solitary place,—as lodger only,—and seems to make no movement towards getting a House of his own. Farie, who now & then catches me on the street, but never formally appears here now (having learned wit) is about translating, abridging, or doing something or other to Haxthausen's Russia.3— Lockhart, who looks very pale and weak, but has still all his faculties about him, and can be very entertaining company for half an hour, was here yesterday: poor L. the sight of him affected me with strange feelings.— But enough, enough. I will say only Glück auf dem Weg [Good luck on your way]; and subscribe myself Yr affectionate

T. Carlyle