August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE; 9 September 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460909-TC-JWC-01; CL 21:49.


Maryland Street Liverpool Wedy 10 [9] Septr, 1846—

Dearest, Here I am, with a wretched headache; not in good case at all; very glad only that I am so much nearer rest and home. Our Dublin Steamer got to Liverpool at four this morning, no joyful speed for one of their passengers; I staid on board till six; then had to go, and awoke my kind hosts here before admittance could be had. My cold seemed rather better yesterday; but of course the 12 hours in the whale's belly has done it no good. All are well here; and blithe as possible to see me.

I at one time thought of going on direct this day either to Manchester or home; but find now that this will not quite do on any side: I have concluded therefore to stay till tomorrow 4½ o'clock, and then to fly home. Manchester I will omit. I have honourably finished my Dublin expedition; but with this head it really is unreasonable to urge my poor body on a new enterprise,—like spurring of an unwilling steed whose flanks are already bleeding! Alick is away; so that my staying will be quite handy. In fact if this Letter were off, I mean honestly to fling myself on bed, and go to sleep like a good boy.

You get this, I think, on Thursday night (for I really cannot walk to the Post-Office with it); in some few hours more, by the Express Train, you may look for myself, and do the best you can with such a bundle of rubbish.

I have seen Paulet; excused myself to Mrs P. and Seaforth.— Thanks, many thanks, for the little Note which waited me here, like one kind good-morrow to a weary heart amid so many noises that were less welcome. Adieu, dear Goody, not now for long!—

T. C.