April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 4 July 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490704-TC-JAC-01; CL 24: 98-99


Dublin (Impl Hotel) Wedy 4 july, 1849—

My dear Brother,

This is the shortest of Notes, merely to let you know, after what was written and despatched last night, that I have slept well, and that I decide to continue here while in Dublin; so that if you write, which I hope you will at once,—address “Imperial Hôtel Sackville Street” instead of “Post-Office”: that is all.— I have got my Dublin Introductions (10 or so of them) arranged by place, and am about getting into a vehicle to deliver them. Skin still very hot; liver none of the completest; otherwise all well.— The people of this Inn treat me, I find, as the literary man; warned, I perceive, by Fitzgerald's Aunt (who is their mistress),1 and are ready, in the headlong Irish way, to fling their heads under my feet. The Hotel too, as you know, is really superior of itself. I expect to do very well here, till the end of the week or perhaps beginning of next, when one may perhaps calculate on being off at the very latest.

Dublin looks amazingly thin and idle to me after London: nothing but little flimsy cars, and whirligig insignificancies of vehicles going about; the population, itself scant on the streets, and of miscellaneous cheap character.— Here is Fitzgerald's Letter2 which lay waiting for me this morning; it, and one from the Mrs Purcell inviting me specially to Kildare; these two and as yet no other Letter at all. I expected something from Jane, perhaps from you—but no, I must have patience.

Enough for today. Tell my good Mother and assure her that I am doing

well; and would fain hear that she is and you all are.

Your affectionate brother

T. Carlyle