1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 15 September 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540915-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 149-150


Chelsea, 15 Septr 1854—

My dear Brother,—This Note has come to me from Grahame.1 I despatched a Letter yesterday from somebody at Cöthen in Germany. This morning I hoped we should have heard from you, as “Thursday” was the end of your projected Leamington stay;—I conclude you will still stay there a few days longer; we guess farther that you may be away, on some Cheshire or other piece of duty, just at present,—the rather as I have not heard anything farther of Alick's news from Canada which were forwarded the other day.— Write a few words to poor old Grahame: he means most kindly, tho' his ways are grown a little wearisome, poor old man.

Darwin had an attack of Dysentery since he returned hither; but it did not last, nor seem (yesterday when Jane saw him) to have produced any mischief, tho' rather alarming in these days of epidemic. He and the Wedgwoods2 were to be off on this day, to Shrewsbury and the adjoining regions.

I am getting on as ill as possible with my work! The strength has gone quite out of me,—under the load of so many years. Heaven help me, I shall lose my wits if I can do nothing more; there is no use farther in my existing at all!— Plumbers came to mend my window; hammered away for two days, yesternight came rain, and the window—leaks precisely as before. Never mind, never mind.

I hear nothing from Jean; and this morning the Courier comes with no strokes upon it. From which I infer that the whitloe is still in a baddish way.—— I should like to hear, deliberately, what you are thinking, doing, my dear Brother, in this wild turn your affairs have suddenly taken: if I could in anything help you, you do not doubt how ready I should be! Good be with you always

T. Carlyle