August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 27 August 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420827-TC-JWC-01; CL 15: 52-53


Chelsea, Saturday [27 August 1842]

Dearest,—I have reflected that I am a despicable poltroon; that I ought actually to go and try to shake this bilious dust out of me by a little walking under the free sky; that I talk always about tours, tours,—and that I shall never have a better chance to execute one of them! I have, in consequence, written to Mrs Buller by this post; answering, Yes—but the When, Why or How all uncertain; except that you will probably have to stay a week longer than you counted on. A week longer will do at the utmost; and I am sure enough they will not weary of you: nay, according to another hypothesis (that of the Ipswich Steamer) I can be there on or within the original day: but this I reckon of little moment,—unless the cocks and asses be too busy with you again!

I enclose the Ipswich-Steamer bill, procured yesterday in the City: the time of starting is highly inconvenient (no omnibus or Chelsea Steamer running then); one arrives at Ipswich (it is said) about 4 O'clock; a vehicle to Stowmarket, some 14 miles, seems to be not improbable; and then there are 11 miles,—which a man with a knapsack might walk on the morrow morning, at worst!— But in truth, I do not much affect this Steamer concern: I meditate a land tour, something infinitely greater,—if I can keep the steam up! I mean, at any rate, to go and order a new white hat today; perhaps even to buy a knapsack: have I no audacity, when you stir me up?

“Babbie” blushes when I proposed the Ipswich Steamer to her, and declines,—tho' clearly in no inflexible way. Would you really like that she came? I think perhaps hardly and she herself needs it not at all.

Strachey's Note was of this morning.— John is to leave Town for Malvern &c. next week All well, and loving you, dear Goody!