The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO CHARLES REDWOOD ; 21 June 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410621-TC-CR-01; CL 13: 156-157


Chelsea, 21 june, 1841—

My dear Sir,

After not a little dubitation and negotiation, in the midst of which your hospitable Welsh Coast more than once looked forth with welcome likelihood, and always lay as a solacing background and place of ultimate refuge, it has now been as good as settled that we are to encamp in my native country for this summer. The offer of a house, furnished so as to be habitable, on very cheap terms, in that quarter, did at last suffice to decide us. The place is designated “Newington Lodge, Annan, N.B.”— I wrote by last post to close the bargain; and hope to hear this week that all is fixed,—the basis of all fixed, and supplementary adjustments set in progress. If the scheme still go off, you shall hear from me again. If you hear nothing, I will send you in two or three weeks some Dumfriesshire Newspaper, in which you will see the one postmark, and infer that we are settled as I now forecast; and resolute to hold out in that quiet country till the last gleam of summer weather has left the sky, or till this parched Horror of a Babel has grown to seem desirable again.

As to your valley of Glamorgen I will by no means renounce the hope of seeing it with my eyes one day; and already, on the very map, it has a beauty for us beyond that of hills and rivers: this chiefest beauty and essence of all attraction, that there is a kind heart there, sometimes thinking of us there, making the dead waste Earth into a home and garden for us there! Think not that your kind invitation, tho' unaccepted, came in vain; not so, by no means so.

When you come to London again, seek us out, and stay longer with us. May your good Mother1 return to you happily; may all go well with you and her.

I remain, / very sincerely Yours, / T. Carlyle