August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE; 16 April 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470416-TC-MAC-01; CL 21:194-195.


Chelsea (15 Cadogan Terrace) 16 April, 1847—

My dear Mother,

I have come up hither to John's room with that Letter of Alick's, that I might have it read by John, and so send it off to you without any delay at all. Jack has read the Letter; is putting on his coat to go out walking with me: so I must be brief in this word I write!

Poor Alick, you will see, is doing well, on the whole. I suppose we must consider that attempt at a new purchase of land as a good symptom on his part,—tho' of course we cannot expect that he will have the money ready, or any great part of it. He shall be helped to buy it, if the step seem wise.

Jack is well, all but a kind of cold which he seems to have got out of these fierce East winds. At our house we continue as before: Jane I left very busy fitting on her new curtains, sofa-covers &c. We have broken into the Ham! It is an excellent article; has a beautiful wild taste contracted from some peculiar sort of smoking, I suppose. It is very good to coffee, in a cold morning; worth thanks once more!— Take care of yourself, dear Mother, in this fierce weather. Let some of them write. I will write myself again soon. Blessings with you always!— Your affectionate— T. Carlyle