October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO JANET CARLYLE; 23 January 1832; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18320123-TC-JCHA-01; CL 6:99-100.


Ampton Street, London, / 23d January 1832—

My Dear Jenny, 1

Will you put up with the smallest of Letters rather than with none at all? I have hardly a moment; and no paper but this thick coarse sort.

Understand always, my dear Sister, that I love you well, and am very glad to see and hear that you conduct yourself as you ought. To you also, my little lassie, it is of infinite importance, how you behave: were you to get a Kingdom, or twenty Kingdoms, it were but a pitiful trifle compared with this whether you walked as God commands you, and did your duty to God, and to all men. You have a whole Life yet before you, to make much of, or to make little of: see you choose the better part2 my dear little Sister, and make yourself and all of us pleased with you. I will add no more; but commend you from the heart (as we should all do one another) to God's keeping. May He ever bless you!

I am too late, and must not wait another minute. We have this instant had a long Letter from Mrs Welsh, full of kindness to our Mother, and all of you. The cheese &c &c is faithfully commemorated as a “noble” one: Mary also is made kind mention of. You did all very right on that occasion. Mrs Welsh says she must come down to Scotsbrig and see you all. What will you think of that? Her Father in the mean time is very ill, and gives her incessant labour and anxiety—

See to encourage Jean to write; and do you put your hand a little to the work. What does Maister Cairlill3 think of the last letter he wrote us? Was it not a letter among many? He is a graceless man—

I send you a portrait of one of our chief Radicals here: it is said to be very like.

I remain always, / My dear Sister, / Your affectionate

T. Carlyle—