August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 25 August 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420825-TC-JWC-01; CL 15: 46-47


[25 August 1842]

My poor sleepless perturbed Goody! Alas, what can we do for thee in that sad annoyance? Say that thy own bed here is quieter; that passing-bells, at least do not ring here by night!

I begin to fear that I may as well write to Mrs Buller, and say plainly, No. Nocturnal Ass-braying and church-belling would make a horrible affair of it for two. Besides, in good sooth, I feel as if I did not deserve any favour or rustication at present; as if I had strength enough in me to do some work first, if I had the heart in me. My one possibility of a scheme was by some Ipswich Steamer. Ipswich, I think, must be some 30 or 35 miles from you; and this, even if there were no coach, not even to Needham or Stowmarket, I could manage to walk in a day, or nearly so. But the Ipswich Steamconcern has its Office far east at London Bridge; at the Regent's Circus they have no account of it.— I hardly think it is worth a voyage so far east?1

The Stimabile has just left us; dreadfully ourie [gloomy]; gout, sore eyes,—a hot half-baked appearance. Many compliments &c to you; goes on Monday for Ireland; home by Falmouth

We had a heavy shower this morning about seven o'clock: strong northwind, with the grey damp, has made all cool enough now.

Thanks for the sketch of the Livermerites;2 thanks for all thy pains with me!—Sleep, sleep, and come well home to me!

T. C.