July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 13 August 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470813-TC-MAC-01; CL 22: 33-34


Matlock Bath, Friday morning 13 Augt, 1847

My dear Mother,

We got Isabella's Letter very speedily; thank her for it. We are sorry you are still somewhat out of order: pray take care of yourself, and get well again directly!— — We have got along here very fairly all the week: wet days now and then; but not very wet, and we did not mind them. I had some of my best “long walks” under a solitary umbrella. Jane certainly is no worse for her jaunt hitherto, nor am I. We had a Note from Jean at Dumfries; very urgent too on Jane to come to Scotland again; however I rather apprehend she will not still be prevailed upon to make it out.

We are now just about leaving this station. The Mr Forster, an excellent cheery young Manufacturer in the Leeds region, who wrote that Note here enclosed,1 is expected today (indeed perhaps this hour), and with him we are to rove for some day or two over the Peak region (we are to be at Buxton, another much bigger watering-place and “bath,” some 20 miles off this, till Monday); and before the middle of next week, probably enough on Wednesday, we expect to be at Forster's house, and there anchored for a week once more. He is a bachelor; of cheery temper, of Quaker genealogy and breeding, but himself not much of a Quaker; he describes his house, as large, and abundantly quiet: so with him, and his “housedog,” I daresay we shall do very well. “W. E. Forster Esq / Rawden, near / Leeds.” I will write to you again when we get there, or soon after.

This morning we had a Note from Jack,2 which I enclose: all is well there.— I know not whether I or anybody mentioned to you (I fear it was forgot) that, just before leaving Chelsea, I had a Newspaper from Alick with the due two strokes on it, indicating that about the “7th of july” all was well with him. I suppose, too busy with his harvest to write. This will perhaps still some anxieties your heart may have been creating for itself.— — But I must clearly end. Good b'ye, dear good Mother: Jane salutes you all. You shall soon hear again. Blessings with you, one and all. Your affectionate

T. Carlyle