January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO JOHN STERLING; 26 March 1836; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18360326-TC-JOST-01; CL 8:323-324.


Chelsea, Saturday Morning, [26 March, 1836].

My dear Sterling—

If it will not hurt you to write, pray send me a little Bulletin with your own hand. I hear nothing but more or less contradictory accounts, the average of which is a vague statu-quo. Your Doctors undoubtedly have done well to seclude you; this I must say, tho' I suffer by it like others. If at any hour it become medically permissible for you to be talked to, pray send me word.

But above all things, mein Lieber [my friend], get fast well again. We miss you terribly; it is many long years since I in particular saw a face like yours. Courage, Hoffnung und Ergebung [Hope and Submission]!

“Die Zukunft decket
Schmerzen und Glücke.
Schrittweis' dem Blicke,
Doch ungeschrecket
Dringen wir vorwärts.”1

I am to be at your Father's to-night, seeking my Wife: the answer to this cannot come by post till Monday. Jane bids me say, “If there were anything in the world she could do! She is the most disengaged woman in London at present.” I believe the message is sincere to the fullest extent.

God bless you and keep you, my dear Friend!

Yours brüderlich [brotherly], /

T. Carlyle.