January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 2 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420302-TC-RMM-01; CL 14: 56-57


Chelsea, Wednesday Night [2 March 1842].

My dear Milnes,

My poor Wife learned, yesterday morning, on arriving at her Uncle's in Liverpool, that it was already all over; that her Mother had departed on the evening of that same day of which we had got account when you were here. Τελος [The end], The end! There is something unnameable, unfathomable always in that.

I have to go off tomorrow; my Wife, who pauses at Liverpool till my arrival there, is, as I conjecture, very ill. Sick at any rate; and a kind good Mother snatched away from her, as it were the last of all her kindred in this lower scene.

I pray you explain to Rio how I could not come today; how I hope for a better time when he is next here. My haste, and confusion of soul and hand, these two days, have been extreme, and still are.

Adieu, my friend. God bless you. Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle