August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 2 April 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580402-TC-JAC-01; CL 33: 202-203


Chelsea, 2 April, 1858—

My dear Brother,

I got your Inclosures yesterday afternoon;—I had run out to Addiscombe for a couple of days, and almost got foundered by the sudden cold there, but stood it off by good riding &c. Nobody has so little time as I today; but I will send you a word about Jane, as you request.

She has got a great deal of new cold; but is not so much vanquished by it as one might have anticipated. She coughs a good deal (at intervals), sleeps worse &c: but holds up her heart; and never ceases to superintend her house, and even to work at little odds and ends that come within her circle. I never saw anybody so quiet and cheery under great and continual derangement of health. The weather, since a couple of days, continues Russian; but we calculate, it must mend soon, and then there will be other improvements.

My own printing goes on slowly (I have sat all day over Proofsheets); at this rate of progress we shall clearly not be “done in May”: but I hope to quicken the laggards.

I am very sorry Jie Aitken can fall in with nothing in Liverpool: we must hope he will succeed by and by, by waiting and trying. I suppose nothing more can be done for him; at all events if there can, you will evidently at once do it.

This is Easter time, people all in the country: I wd have tried for a little more of Addiscombe; but I think it ends (Lord A. going off on some visit) on Monday next. We were very quiet there, no strangers at all; the chief use of me was leading out the infirm landlord (ill of gout, as is too often slightly the case) to take a ride with me, over hill and dale, whh he wd do at a good pace when once started.

There was a Letter from Erskine1 to Jane today; but I mounted up hither before it was read. Our new Servant (except that she does not know her work) pleases Jane more & more.

Adieu dear Brother / Yours Ever / T. Carlyle 2