April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 9 October 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491009-TC-JAC-01; CL 24: 267-268


Chelsea, Tuesday afternoon 9 Octr, 1849—

Dear Brother,—Here is hardly time for half a word: but, Thanks to you, and luck in Edinr! I hope our poor old Mother will do well while left; I hope Jamie and you have got a right lodging somewhere in the New Town; and that he is in good heart for what lies before him. Poor fellow, he makes as little complaint as the most; but feels it doubtless an ugly enough affair,—perhaps uglier than you can assure him it is! Our heart's sympathy with him: oh take care of him; may he soon get well thro' it. You will apprise us duly, and often; any little word is better than none.

I slept too long today and so have been belated with my task. Am to be out now.— Jane continues decidedly improving; in fact is moderately well now; and we are getting into our old regular routine in all respects.— Farie started up at my hand the other day: just about returning to Leamington where Brother is;—stupid and inarticulate as ever. Brother, still very poorly, will sail by steamer for Madeira on the 17th Darwin not yet come: I saw Lockhart one day by chance for a minute; I have a strange message about Squire Papers from America:1—and that is all.

My stamps are done, or I wd write to my Mother too today. Your Sunday's Letter came on Monday morning (about noon). Jane is out.— Affectionate regards and wishes for Jamie.

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle

Nation too is sent you; worth nothing this time.