The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO ANNA BROWNELL JAMESON ; 12 October 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18381012-TC-ABJ-01; CL 10: 196-197


Chelsea, 12th October 1838—

Dear Mrs Jameson,

Your Letter lay long at Edinburgh; and reached me in Dumfriesshire only a few days ago, when I was about returning hither. Baron Alzdorf got a Testimonial from me, as he, so backed, was doubly and trebly entitled to do: but whether it and all the rest did him any service I have not yet learned. I saw him in Regent Street the day before yesterday; but he would not see me or my signals, and the vehicle had to drive on.

You do me so much honour that I can only cover my face, and sit speechless for a time. The hearts of women, dear little creatures, are by nature exaggerative; many is the Bristol Diamond, or poor Scotch Pebble,1 that has been taken for a true stone of price! You should beware withal, and not turn people's heads.

We shall be right glad to see you here when you get back to Town; Henzel or no Henzel.2 My Wife salutes you heartily. Enjoy Windsor;3 but quit forests when the leaves grow brown,—mindful of friends.

Believe me always, / Dear Mrs Jameson, / Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle.

My Wife suggests that you are surely home again before this time.4 We shall see.