August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 23 August 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430823-JWC-TC-01; CL 17: 80


23 Augt 1843 Chelsea

Dearest, I shall try to let you have the buttons on Friday1—that is, I will if possible go up for them tonight or tomorrow; but this morning it was “entirely out of the question.” Nay I have not even time to write. I told you that I would have either to take the front room to pieces for security's sake, or else go up and sleep a night in the bed; on consideration I prefer a toilsome day in pulling down in ridance & other of the like & prospective in putting up—to going to try whether there were any bogues there. Your letter found me in the very thick of this business; from which I could not go away with a quiet mind till I was thro' it. Thank Heaven, so far I find no trace whatever of any abomination in that bed,—which would really have made me very unhappy for more than one reason.2

It is now on the stroke of four,—and if you feel disposed to be angry at this scrap—please to reflect that I have not taken time to eat today, any more than to write—: I breakfasted at half after seven—and am still without my morsel of bread.

Bless you,—be charitable—and I will try to be at leisure tomorrow


J. C.