January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [HENRY DRUMMOND] ; 26 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430126-TC-HD-01; CL 16: 32


Chelsea, 26 jany, 1843—

My dear Sir,

In one corner of your Note there is a gentle but very sad indication, which seems to say to me that perhaps I ought to come, and straightway!1 If I am right, pray consider that I have already consented; that after some two weeks, when your sorrow-stricken house is again set in order, I will come whenever you ask me.

These are horrible days and doings; and it is not the guiltiest who suffer, but the most innocent:2—as indeed which of us is “innocent”? Heavy afflictions fall upon you: as my good Mother would say in her dialect, so say I in mine, “May they be sanctified!”

With much sympathy and regard, / I remain always / Yours most truly

T. Carlyle