July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JULIA MARGARET CAMERON ; 31 December 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581231-TC-JMC-01; CL 34: 258-259


Chelsea, 31 decr, 1858—

Dear Mrs Cameron,

Many thanks for your kind Gift;1 a welcome and beneficent remembrance on your part at this black season of the year. I have had for a good while a big glass of that kind, indispensable, with maps, to eyes as old as mine: but this new circular Article shall hang in another room, ready for duty that may turn up there; and shall be valuable to me, both in a practical and monumental or memorial sense. Again I say, many thanks to the kind giver.

We unfortunately cannot flatter ourselves with the least thought of getting to you on that interesting Tuesday,2 of which I had already heard some hint. My wife is unable to go out at all; and for me I am buried to the eyes in such a welter of chaotic litter as is horrible to think of,—in which I work all day, and all days; riding abroad a little in the dusk, like a distressed ghost, to try if I can keep alive till the thing get done, and gloomily returning to my den again. If I can live about a year at this rate, I hope to be free,—and for the rest of my life, whatever that may amount to. Pity me; and ask me not to be corporeally present, but only spiritually!—

With many thanks; with many good wishes to these Young People, and to yourself and all you are concerned for, I remain always

Sincerely Yours /

T. Carlyle