October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JAMES CARLYLE ; 24 July 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460724-TC-JC-01; CL 20: 257-258


Seaforth, Liverpool 24 July 1846—

Dear Jamie,

I find here, all of a sudden, that the Post is just going; so I fling down my gooseberries (eating of which is the thing I have been engaged in), and write you the word to announce that I am safe, that all is well enough here. I arrived a little behind my time last night (my Letter to you would be in the same train with me, which was a very long train too); and after some small looking found the Paulet carriage in waiting for me, and so got very comfortably along thro' the grey windy Evening. Jane is certainly better than when she left me; but she has still a disagreeable kind of cough, and is not otherwise quite up to the mark. But the air here is cool and gentle, the sea near too, and the people are altogether kind and good: she will certainly continue, one hopes, to get better here.

The Horse is now out in the field here; and seems doing very well: I meant to have a ride upon him this afternoon; but the groom advises not, till tomorrow. Probably he will wait upon you about this day week or so,— in fact they have no grass to spare here; and as Bobus is not fit for hard food and a close stable, we mean to send him by the first convenient Steamer. Jane did not write to you; for last night did not suit the creature to sail,—at least they were afraid it would not have suited.—— I still think of returning by Ireland:—but there is nothing settled yet; you will hear farther soon.—— —— I had a Letter this morning from Jean (about the “Gig” &c): all is well there. Tell Jack to write; and commend me to my Mother, and say I will see her soon, and be a good boy!—

Ever your affectionate /

T. Carlyle