January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 4 May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430504-TC-JCHA-01; CL 16: 152-153


Chelsea, 4 May, 1843—

Dear Jenny,

I had your Letter the other day, and was glad to hear you had got back to Gill, where Mary as we understand has need of you at present. These are terribly hard times for Farmers; but they must not be down-hearted: it is not likely the times will continue so bad; and if they do, some new arrangement will have to be fallen upon,—not by them alone but by the whole farming world. Tell Mary to take care and not overwork herself in her present state. Do you for her whatsoever you can in the way of help and support; I know you will without my telling you.— I like well to hear of your teaching the two little Bairns1 to read; that is a right good work, in which there will lie a blessing if in any work whatsoever.—

But the grand object of this fraction of a Note was to let you know that you are likely to see the Doctor again very soon. He is off this morning to Liverpool; and may perhaps be over in Annandale on Monday or Tuesday if there be Steam2 on either of those days. He will of course look in upon the Gill not long after that. He it is who will tell you all our news much better than I can write them He talks of staying “for a week or two”; that is to say, as long as he finds it pleasant and useful for him and for all of you: he is in very good health and spirits; but full of uncertainty as to fixing himself,—which I wish much, but hardly hope, he could now do.

We had a Box from Scotsbrig last night; all safe, and the contents excellent. I add no other word today; but a hearty salutation to one and all at Gill, Jamie, Mary, Jenny, and all the Bairns down to the youngest.3 Your affe Brother T. Carlyle