August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO ISABELLA CARLYLE; 4 June 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470604-TC-IC-01; CL 21:224-225.


Chelsea, 3 [4] june, 1847—

Dear Isabella,

John brought me down your Letter two days ago; for which we are all much obliged to you. Certainly you are very kind; and the very sound of your hospitable provision for our wants is welcome and worthy to us! Hearty thanks to you, if for the present it must go no farther!

The Doctor, I suppose, has himself declined; at least he signified to me (and perhaps even bade me signify) that he could do nothing in the Ham way just now. Jane too, after a good deal of considering, has to admit to herself that it will not do in this hot weather! The “little fat ham of 14 pounds” is very tempting: but she says it would almost certainly be spoiled by the heat before we got thro' it; so “if it could be kept till after autumn”— I tell her, it cannot be kept, and the word is now or never;—so that she is reluctantly obliged to give it up. And all we can do is to thank Jamie and you for your kindness, and hope for “better luck next time.”— As to myself I feel that a Barrel of sweet Scotsbrig whey would be welcomer to me in this weather than most samples of bacon! I have not felt less notion of eating, not for a long time back. In fact, we have very hot weather; but we must not complain of what is so useful to all mankind. Surely if a good harvest do come, and come early, as people now expect, it will be the indisputablest of blessings.

We do not altogether know where our Mother and Jenny are at this precise time; but think they may be on the road somewhere between Dumfries and Scotsbrig. The green leaves and the gushing of the “Caudron” must be welcome to them again, in such weather, after such an absence. I wrote to Jean at Dumfries last night, requesting news; some of you must write from Scotsbrig so soon as my Mother fairly returns. That you will be kind to her there, that is what I know,—what most of all obliges me, in you, good Isabella. She has been a faithful Mother to me for one; and well deserves honour and affection if ever woman did.—

You yourself seem not to take so ill with the heat; the children too seem to be better off than many others in Annandale, for health. Long may it last so! We are all of us tolerably well here, for such a set of creatures, too. This is a noisy season here; and our house is in a kind of racket, not quite usual to it, with a lady guest we have: a Miss Jewsbury from manchester,—who is very interesting to the Doctor too; a gallant man, when he has nothing to do! Jane has her kindest regards to all of you. Ever yours

T. Carlyle