The Collected Letters, Volume 2


TC TO JANE BAILLIE WELSH; 10 February 1823; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18230210-TC-JBW-01; CL 2:287.


Monday—morning—[10 February 1823]

My dear Friend,

I have written you so many letters of late and burnt them, that I am almost afraid to venture again. At any rate I have just ten minutes time at present; so you will not be troubled with me long. I want very much to know whether I am to come out on Friday. Will you tell me as soon as you can: or if my scheme is wrong, say when? I need not say how much I long to see you—to talk over all our plans and feelings together: there is scarcely any other person in the world to whom I desire so much to unbosom myself freely. Will you write soon?

I am not to go to Sandhurst College: it would not have done: the thing was decided to-day. Farewell my dear Jane! I am in a most exceeding hurry; but ever your's

Th: Carlyle—

Gillies' Greece is lying here for the last four weeks. I dared not send it; it is so huge a quarto, you would faint at sight of it. Shall I bring it with me? And Lockhart's Ballads from the Spanish?1—There is two! I must run. Again, Adieu!