The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 8 October 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18511008-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 197


Chelsea, 8 Octr, 1851—

Dear Brother,

I quite forgot yesterday to mention the watch: but both Jane and I called about it,—found it ready (so said the man, and shewed it me);—it was to be sent off last night or this morning; so will probably reach you along with this. If there be any delay, write again, and I will stir the fellow up.

We have done with our bad weather now, I hope; today is very bright, brisk; and the wind at N.W.— I still continue sleepy, and sleep well every night: longish walk in the morning, then home to coffee. I have yet seen nobody, nor mean to do so for some days. A breathing time of absolute Silence is so welcome to a poor soul!

Yesterday Fraser went; tomorrow or next day I intend to despatch the Westr. I nodded to Chapman (John) the other day, but took care not to speak.

How is my poor Mother? Oh, take care of her, do your very best for her! I need not bid you, I know.—— Jane has at last got out the butter, and got it safely stowed: her own first dish was duly scalded, cooled, and then it split in two; so a second had to be prepared. We hope it is all right now.—— Our kindest regards to Jamie and Isabella: blessings with my Mother and you all. Yours ever

T. Carlyle