1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 8 September 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540908-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 147-148


Chelsea, 8 Septr, 1854—

My dear Brother,

Here is a Note which I got from Jean this morning, in answer to an inquiry of mine: as you perhaps have not heard of the pain she has been in from that whitloe of hers, I send you the last account of it. I never had a whitloe; but it seems there is often a fierce misery connected with that insignificant looking thing.— I also send Ker's Letter about the Niggers; which may entertain your thoughts for a moment, after the various rounds it has made.1 You may burn it now, and let it cease.

There has nothing new happened here, except that I have caught a whiff of cold last night; and likewise for some days (what is not at all new, unfortunately) have been getting on very ill with my work;—arrived again at a cleft stick with it, in fact. I must get on; there is no resource whatever but that!—

We shall be anxious to hear what you decide on after Leamington is done. I suppose, contrary to Mr Blake's advice,2 you will find it better to get your sad work finished, and that there is even a relief in the effort to wind it up.— I have not even seen Chorley since that sad day: I rather avoid seeing anybody just now; there are few that can do anything but (unconsciously) fret and derange me more or less, and increase my worthlessness and sorrow.

The announcement of the Death was in both the Dumfries Newspaper;3 I wrote a Note to Alick, chiefly almost exclusively on that subject, not knowing but perhaps he might be still unapprised.

Adieu, dear Brother. We expect a Note from you one of these days. Do not dwell on the dark side of things,—indeed I think that is not your habit;—if we look with sincere earnest eyes upon the saddest thing, we shall find solemnities and blessed admonitions in it withal.

Ever your affectionate /

T. Carlyle