July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 24 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580824-TC-JAC-01; CL 34: 154


Hamburg, Streit's Hôtel, Tuesday 5 p.m. / 24 Augt

My dear Brother,—Here we are at last, Foxton and I, after a voyage distinguished by tedium & misery (owing to rough weather &c) rather than otherwise:—we arrived 2 hours ago (did not sail till midnight “Saturday” nor arrive till 3 p.m. Tuesday); and are already washed thoroughly, and well dined; in an excellt airy hôtel.— My room in 3d or 4th story, and looking to rearward promises to be clean and good;—so that I may hope to sleep, and in all points be ready for the road, whithersoever it lead; having recd no damage except a 2 days of sordid temporary wretchedness whh will soon be forgotten.1

Pray communicate this to Jane, at Chelsea (since Monday, & till Thursday) to Dumfries and the Gill and Scotsbrig, where friends are anxious about that initiatory fact. More I cannot say; for all is confusion as to our plans of journey, owing to Notes from Neuberg, to No-notes from Usedom &c; and I think it is likely we may not go off at all till the day after tomorrow, and then perhaps towards Dresden direct, rather than towards Usedom and the Isle of Rügen:—but all this bleibt schwebend [remains pending] till once I can decide it, poor I!—

Enough I am well as commonly, and able to go whither I like. Report this, and my love to all my loved ones; and let nobody write (except Jane who was already bidden write to Dresden) till once I write again.

Your Affecte Bror /

T. Carlyle