January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO HESTER STERLING ; 9 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420309-TC-HST-01; CL 14: 63


Templand, Thornhill, Dumfries, 9 March 1842

Dear Mrs Sterling,

My Wife lay in bed, very poorly indeed, as I passed; and did not at all think of proceeding with me. Her bodily suffering she made light of,—tho' that too must have been miserable enough, and a sad aggravation to all the rest, for she was sleepless, worn out, and had some cough: but in mind I never saw her so cast down. The accounts from her Cousins are favourable; but I yet get no word from herself— Yesterday there had for the first time been a night of good sleep, tho' procured by medicines; and she was to drive out for a little during the day. She will be better at Chelsea, near you and other kind faces. Our arrangement was that she should return thither so soon as her Uncle got back from this place; which I think will be in about a week now.

I myself have to continue here for some time yet; many things are to be settled and finished off here.

Tell John he shall hear of me before long. Remember me very kindly to your husband. You will go and see poor Jane when she arrives. Adieu, dear Mrs Sterling.

Ever yours truly /

T. Carlyle