January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO GERALDINE E. JEWSBURY ; 2 May 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420502-TC-GEJ-01; CL 14: 176-177


Scotsbrig, Dumfriesshire 2 May, 1842—

Dear Miss Jewsbury,

My sorrowful affairs here are only just ended. About the middle of this week I pass thro' Lancashire on my way homewards.1 If I knew your exact place, I would make an effort to see you,—and succeed in it, unless the journey had, as journies are too apt always to do, already driven me into a state of despair. On Thursday morning a Letter will find me at 20. Maryland Street, Liverpool. There are railway trains, I think, often in the day to Manchester; and Manchester as a starting-point for London is about equivalent to Liverpool. Let us see! “Hell is paved with good resolutions,”2 is it not?—

My poor Wife I imagine does not write even to you; writes to nobody, but short notes to me. She is growing calmer, but still seems very weakly, sick and disconsolate. Her cheery young Cousin is still with her.

Adieu, dear Geraldine: / Yours ever truly,

T. Carlyle.