January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 27 July 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430727-TC-MAC-01; CL 16: 319-320


Tremadoc (Carnarvonshire, N. Wales) Thursday 27 july, 1843—

My dear Mother,

Jack will not write; therefore I must write to you, one word: I have Jane to write to also, and really not five minutes to do it; so I must be brief.

We are well, and are doing the thing we proposed to do,—which I hope will be a good thing! We came away from Liverpool yesterday morning by a Steamboat to Bangor. We have been a pretty way into the interior of Wales; we have climbed over their highest Mountain (today, in the middle of mist); we have had various adventures, not unpleasant; and are now lodged in the house of a Mr Chorley a friend and admirer of mine, with whom we shall likely stay over tomorrow. A pleasant enough journey then will bring us in contact with the Liverpool Steamers again, and then we shall come across to our old place;—and the only farther tourifying or travelling that will then remain for us will be a voyage over to Annandale in some steamer that is convenient. Probably if all go well, in something like a week hence. But you shall hear, dear Mother, when we get to Liverpool, more minutely than now. At present I can add no other word, except a hearty wish that I, for one, were at Scotsbrig beside you at this hour: perhaps it would be better for me!

Good night, dear good Mother; a blessing to you and to all and every of you.

Whether Jack is coming back with me I know not: but should rather apprehend not—as the sough [general feeling] of him goes at present. However, one cannot say.

Once more good night, and blessings on you.

Your affectionate son /

T. Carlyle