The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 13 August 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510813-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 128-129


Gt Malvern, 13 Augt, 1851 (1 p.m)

Dear Brother,

About an hour ago, by what Coach I know not, the residue of the Sterling sheets arrived here, where they were not in the least wanted or expected, and were of no value at all! The carriage was paid to Wor'ster; from Wor'ster hither was one shilling: I suppose about 2/ wd carry them to Chelsea, their real and only destination, by post;—however, one of the young Ladies here has seized the article for reading; so I am forbidden that method at least today. My express instructions to Mr Robson were to send the sheets to Chelsea (here they are a mere mockery and futility):—but alas, alas, how often (in the last 3 weeks) have I told a man to do a thing for me, and he has gone and done quite another for me,—still more to my sorrow than in this instance!

You will have to go or send to the Printing Office, and get a complete copy, for A. Stg1 and yourself, with which to do as you wd have done with the other: there is no other way left. Keep accurately the sheets you have, too; I will keep these which have come hither; and one day we will unite them into the due volume.

I have a time of really heavy and continual labour here, from 6 a. m. till 8 p. m; tired to death every night; and unluckily cannot yet get above 5 hours of sleep. I believe myself to be improving nevertheless.— May the Devil fly away with such paper, such a pen, and such a table, as I have at present! So no more at all. Don't in general send any any2 more printed papers: they are usually worth nothing at all. I see few here; wish to see nobody. Adieu dear Br Yours always— T. Carlyle