The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 31 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520831-TC-JAC-01; CL 27: 263


Hôtel des Pays Bas, Rotterdam, 1 septr [31 August], 1852—

My dear Brother,

Take this shortest of Letters, to save my poor Mother from her anxieties! I have not time to write except a word to Neuberg, Jane & you;—the minutes are nearly all gone now.

Dr Hunter wrote, I doubt not: he was the kindest of men to me, and did me real service and help,—that was his revenge for my impatience with him the night before!

Our voyage lasted instead of 36 hours as you guessed upwards of 80,—namely till this morning at noon (Tuesday 7 p.m. is the date now); one of the most uncomfortable pitching, tumbling tedious & dreary voyages I ever made. However, it is all well over now, and I hope to get asleep in this fine clean inn tonight, and have already had some Christian dinner:—and tomorrow morning at 6, I take the Dusseldorf Steamer; sleep somewhere (anywhere I have the choice) on the road; and next day on arriving at Dusseldorf, take the rail to Bonn, and so arrive there thursday. I have written so to Neuberg, whose Street & No I now have. That is hitherto my history.— Write you thither; if you have not already written. Oh be good to my dear old Mother, oh be kind to her among you! Tell her now to be at rest about me; for I have got the ugly part of my adventure over. And tell them all, Jamie Isabella & yourself, to forgive me my glooms and perversities, and to believe in my affection. Send Jean word too. And so God bless you all.— Ever

T. Carlyle