August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 20 December 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461220-TC-JAC-01; CL 21:116-117.


Chelsea, 20 Decr, 1846

Dear Brother,—I know not what can have happened to the Examiner of last week: I put [it]1 into the Sloane Square Post-Office myself at the due hour;—it is a mistake on the part of Rowland Hill!—

Jane got out of her room for a little while last night; was here again this afternoon (in the Library), but has lain down on bed again for a little, feeling very weak and tired. Part of this I impute to some powders of Christie's, and advised her to take no more. She has had no cough for a good many days back; but continues very feeble, and especially sleeps but ill. Daily however I do see her grow better: thaw has come too, since Friday Night, a decidedly mild temperature now; so that we calculate with confidence on her getting out into this (Library) room, gradually to resume her office there, in a day or two. She is utterly anxious to do it; and one of the most important services Miss Welsh and I can do her is to hide any imperfection there may be (and certainly there are abundance) in old SLOW-COACH—such is the name I have given our present respectable Help! Jane will not change her till once she is able to set fairly about getting a right one; in which enterprise I have no doubt we shall soon succeed after trying fairly.— This is the very worst of the matter. Tell my Mother not to fret her heart about it at all;—we shall find it a very useful thing for us by and by, I conjecture.

Old SLOW-COACH (otherwise a very respectable creature) is waiting impatiently for this Note; and I myself have physic in me, sick enough, and am in no condition to write more than the indispensable: so having sent a word to Jean too, I will now conclude.

Thank Heaven our good dear Mother is still reported well; happily escaped from all the hard weather yet! My perpetual regards to her. My love to every one.

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle

If the Examr miss this week, write about it. It goes tonight.