The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC AND JWC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 17 October 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501017-TCJWC-JAC-01; CL 25: 260-261


The Grange, 17 Octr / 1850—

Dear Brother,—I got your Letter duly here, and am much obliged by your punctuality, and glad of all your news.— We have beautiful weather here, and I over and above have a good horse on which I diligently ride:—this indeed is about the sum of my blessings; for the late hours, the flutter and the glitter, the &c &c do not suit me at all, and I sleep badly rather than well, and grow daily more bilious. Jane seems to take with the matter a little better; I think her looking decidedly clearer and stronger than before I left Chelsea. We have Kinglake, Brookfield, a Sir Augustus Clifford, an Admiral Montague, &c;1 all very well:—but we are to be off at any rate the day after tomorrow,—Saturday first; home that night, where a new Servant awaits us for the following Monday, and the old one is disposed of. I shall be very glad to be home to a little quiet again:—and, among other things, I will there write to some of you soon; for, at present, in the middle of a talking drawing room (horses just coming out for some empty expedition or other, I need not continue “writing”!— Give my love to my dear Mother; my blessings to her and all of you. I am very glad to hear that Jamie has all his corn safe under thatch. Hereabouts all that affair is long since over, and beautiful herds (40 or 50 in a lot) of “black round pigs” are alone to be seen on the stubble.— — Jane sends her kind regards to my Mother & you all.

Ever your affecte Brother

T. Carlyle

[JWC's Postscript]

My view of the matter is that he finds his present quarters extremely agreeable—and is pretty well in health—and for me—he knows little about how I am or how I like it