The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 20 April 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500420-TC-JAC-01; CL 25: 66-67


Chelsea, Saturday / 20 April [1850]

Dear Brother,—After a very hard tussle I got done, or as good as done, with the “Stump Orators,” yesterday towards six p.m.,—a most wearied but greatly alleviated man. Today I have a mass of twiddle-twaddle Notes to answer,—alas, I have the Commercialities of Chapman to overhaul, and pin firmly down, before starting to write again;—not to speak of a little recreation, a day or two of “walking” which I mean to give myself, too. Here therefore extreme brevity behoves.

We are well enough,—for us. I especially complain of nothing but sickly irritations all over, my beautiful local disorder (of course) in great vigour, &c &c. Jane, too, can go long walks with Nero, and stir about:—in fact we fight along, very much as usual, with such adjuncts as you see.

The Thom letter has lain till today unanswered. The poor soul's “Copyright” is of course as unsaleable, as a cartload of wet Breckonbeds1 bog wd be in a Newcastle overwhelmed with coals: but a glance at the poor Book teaches me that there must be stuff in that poor fellow, and that he must have played a stubborn stick in the fight hitherto. Perhaps in America, if he will be silent and give up scribbling, some help might be given him? I have afar off indicated that:—and I now want that Jamie wd tell me candidly thro' you (having first made due practical inquiry) what Thom's character and life has hitherto been. Bid Jamie ask practically, and communicate.— My Mother shall have Nation and Leader on monday again, I hope, and a Letter soon!

Blessings on you all.—

T. Carlyle