April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 18 May 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480518-TC-MAC-01; CL 23: 30


My dear Mother,—Here is a very short Letter, which I received last night from Alick: I well intended to write you a long one to go with it today;—but, alas, a man came in upon me, and there is not now one moment's time!

As you may perhaps be ready to fret yourself for want of any news from Alick, I decide to send this on without delay, that you at least may know he is well (as we all are here); and I will write my long (at least a longer one) tomorrow by itself, if all go well. So no more today at all, dear Mother,— We have a loud roaring of wind, and I perceive a good splash of rain hangs in the sky,—which will be very welcome to us indeed.

Your affectionate son

T. Carlyle—

Chelsea, Friday [18 May 1848] 4 o'clock

(James Aitken will get the tomorrow's Letter for you (or Jenny can) at the Post-Office on Sabbath—)