The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 5 May 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18390505-TC-MAC-01; CL 11: 96


[5 May 1839]

My dear Mother,— Here is a long Letter that Jane has written you according to bargain.1 I am pretty well; and not in the frightful state of shivering and tremor I experienced last year. My audience is very considerably the best I have at any time had; and this is the more gratifying as none of the Newspaper Editors this year seems to have taken any charge of me,—so that private friendship, public puffing or the like has had nothing to do with it; and it is “pure natur” altogether.— The best news of all, however, is that I shall have done in two weeks!— It seems the Examiner after all has a report of me this week, in the “Sunday Edition” of the Paper, that is, the one generally read here; for ours is published on the Saturday afternoon, the other not till next morning. I will try to get you this too (I have not seen it yet), and send it you today. Also a copy of it to Jack, if it seem worth anything. It is no use troubling your head or his with more; for they are little other than clatters at best, and do “neither ill nor good.”

I did not get my Scotchman's horse,2 I did not even see it: he wrote me it must go to grass for a month, it was as lean as wood, as dull as clay. Tomorrow I have appointed an acquaince [sic] to ride with me, which binds me to go: I will make my Stable-Keeper give me a right horse, indeed I think he will be eager to do it. At the end of the Lectures look to hear again.— God Keep you all, my loved ones!

Your affectionate ,

T. Carlyle

Jeffrey has been at these two first Lectures: he goes to Edinburgh now forthwith. I do not excessively like him for a hearer, tho' he too is very quiet and commendatory.

Monday morng