July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 23 December 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551223-TC-JN-01; CL 30: 145-146


The Grange, Alresford, Hants 23 decr 1855—

Dear Neuberg,

The inclosed slip of paper was sent by the Postman this morning. I suppose it to have reference to a Photograph of Graff's Friedrich,1 come to me in this way from Berlin. I will not in any case have it sent out hither; but I wish you would, the first time you are in Town, go to Cheyne Row, examine what the Packet is (breaking it up for that effect), and send me word about it.— You can also at the same time mount aloft into my garret; and report upon the new Grate whh I understand to be erected there,—what it is like, & whether it promises to warm that remarkable apartment, when well filled with burning coals.2

We got hither on monday; have ever since till this morning had rigorous frost, cold but clean, and even brightly sunny;—and have been, at least I have, totally idle; finding indeed there is nothing so good I can do here as be out of doors, on foot or on horseback, & get the maximum of fresh air and exercise while here. Work I never cd do in this element at all; and it seems the handsomest way to give over even trying. You see what kind of Pens we have, for one element!

We are neither of us very prosperous in sleeping, hitherto; but hope to grow accustomed to our new element in that and other respects; and on the whole to return profited not injured by this excursion

This Sunday gone two years was Christmas Day; an anniversary never to be erased from this memory of mine: A Day not unlike this for temperature &c.— Adieu

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle3

If you wd bring me a bundlekin of small Note Paper (such as I once had,—same size as this Half whh you now get), good colour and substance,—it wd be welcome some time. Item another Packet of iron pens (“Leter I”) by and by (No haste, for a month yet)