October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 28 March 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460328-TC-JAC-01; CL 20: 154-155


Chelsea, Saturday 29 [28] March 1846

Dear Brother,

I got your Letter, with much thankfulness to hear that my Mother and all the rest of you were going on well. I have been terribly busy all week, and am still! The Printers, going on like a whirlwind, have sent me seven sheets since Tuesday morning;—very troublesome, one or two of them. They (the Printers) are about half thro' the second volume: I suppose Chapman is in haste. We shall, before long, have done; thank Heaven!

I am now just about setting off on foot to Addiscombe, where Jane is, where I have not seen her since Monday. I think the walk in the Spring day may do me good. I am considerably fagged; and have been in an infirm kind of condition all week. We are very quiet at Addiscombe; and the people very good to me.

Paulet has got both his eyes; all right, safe in their blue spectacles now. Alexander did well in sum; but seems to be a kind of fool too. Jane has heard from Seaforth, not I; her Letter was forwarded unread by me the other day.— — Dodds, of Edinr, was here last night; up on railway business; a prosperous Clerk: he had tea with me; was not bad company at all.1

My time is come for being off. This letter of yours came today. Adieu, dear Brother. Commend me to my dear Mother,—O be good to her; and to them all. Ever yours

T. Carlyle