The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 24 September 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510924-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 182-183


Chelsea, 24 Septr, 1851—

Dear Brother,

I hope you got safe to Darfield,1 and are now comfortably reposing yourself there. I was very feckless and sick yesterday all day, and much out of spirits about your departure. I did nothing, as good as nothing whatever; the new railway guidances having utterly jumbled me into the unintelligible, I called for Chorley again, but found that his Mother had fallen suddenly ill,2 and that he could not get away at all. Just as well perhaps; I had silence, and let the unintelligible auf sich beruhen [rest there]. At Chapman's I learned that Browning was still here, then that he was going (with wife and child) by Dieppe on Thursday morning,—10 a.m., sail by day, and sleep at Dieppe; I have as good as decided to wait and go with them.3 Tomorrow morning, then, you fancy me as on the road—ah me! To arrive deliberately on friday night: I will write to you at Scotsbrig in a day or so after.

This Letter came this morning. Your Boxes still lie here: but I will endeavour today to warn Pickford in Regt St4 about them. Mazzini came last night; A. Sterlg had been in the afternoon;—item Darwin with certain females, who is not yet gone! Adieu, dear Brother! I heartily wish I were safe home again, and at rest from these brashings and tumults. Kind regards to Mrs Paulet. Yours ever affectionately

T. Carlyle