April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE; 9 October 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491009-TC-MAC-01; CL 24: 266


Chelsea, Tuesday Afternoon 09 Octr 1849

My dear Mother,—We are well here; Jane getting quite round again, I busy,—too busy today:—we have had Jack's Letters about you, and about his journey to Edinburgh with Jamie this day: they must be there just now, I should think (past 3 p.m.);—I have written Jack a word as he desired. Oh how we wish all these troubles had ended well again!

Be patient, dear good Mother; never mind the loss of your teeth if that be all: we can get you other teeth even! But you must creep quiet into bed in this cold weather, and for all sakes take care of yourself: Jenny I have no doubt will be a good and patient and kindly little nurse to you;—and, we will hope and pray, all these burbles [tangles] may soon come straight again.— Isabella too, poor Isabella, ought to be consoled, encouraged not to take too much thought. That is not a dangerous affair at all, I believe:—is she to go, or Jamie? If Jamie can serve, I wd send him:1 but who can advise that knows so little of it as I?

Jenny must write me a line; tell me if you can read, how you are, whether better or worse.— Jane is gone out; frosty sun is shining. Blessing with you, dear good Mother, and help in your afflictions now and ever.

Your affectionate /

T. Carlyle