January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 15 June 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450615-TC-JCHA-01; CL 19: 77-78


Chelsea, 15 june, 1845—

Dear Jenny,

Your good news from Dumfries were, as you expected, very welcome to me. I am right glad poor Jean has got her task over and a little Margaret1 into the bargain. Give her my kind congratulations, and the small stranger my best wishes: tell the Mother I expect to hear from herself when once she is fairly better.

The Doctor went away from us on Tuesday last. I think he was a little desirous to quit London; being somewhat out of health lately: and at the right time there came for him a sudden call to go North into Durham and visit medically the Mr Raine he was with about the Christmas time.2 So he set off very swiftly (it was on Wednesday morning), and I, happening to be out when he called here, did not so much as see him. I had a short Note yesterday, that he had got safe; found Mr Raine not quite so ill as he expected, and was in the mind seemingly to stay there for a while. It is much better quarters than here at this season. He has “a little carriage” to himself: the Country is green and bright and silent; not the horrible noisy whirlpool of hot dust that London now is! I should not wonder if he came along to Annandale next. But I fancy he will write to some of you. I sent him a little Note tonight with your news. His Address is, “—Raine Esq, Pilmore House, Darlington.”

We are into the Second Volume, my Printers and I; but have still a good ugly lump of work to do. I doubt it will be above two months yet. I am getting very sick of it; but must hold on. The weather too is now against me: frightfully hot! However, I have actually got myself a swift black horse; and I take a long excursion into the cool fields every evening. That in general is all the exercise I get thro' the day: all company I as much as possible avoid. Better or worse, the Book shall and must be done!

Jane flourishes in the hot weather; she is now very well. I hope our Mother too is doing well; I should like much to hear of Mary and her again. — We have an Edinburgh Cousin of Jane's here, a son of her Uncle Robert's; a very great Grampus indeed:—it is hoped he will take himself away in the course of another week!

Be careful of Jean till she is well again. Tell her then to write. My kind love to one and all. I have heard nothing from Scotsbrig this long while. Good night, dear Jenny. Yours always

T. Carlyle