The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 18 May 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530518-TC-JWC-01; CL 28: 150-151


[18 May 1853]

After some hours of occasional guessing at the hand, I at length discovered it to be Chambers's, and broke up that other Letter.1 I have appointed them to come on Sunday Evg,—thinking Neuberg wd be here at any rate. You need answer nothing; being “in the country.”

By a Note of 3 lines from John, which I have burnt, I learn that poor Jean, on Monday Evg was taken ill; was delivered of a dead child (which is the second instance of the kind, and which she seems, by another scrap of her own writing, also forwarded and also burnt, to have been anticipating): the news has made me, if not definitely apprehensive, very uncomfortable “At two o'clock” yesterday, she was reported to be “doing well;” but, but—poor creature! I have written to Jamie for instant farther news.

Read the outside of this thin sheet too; I doubt my Translator will prove to be some very “feckless loon”! However, I appoint Jeffs to come tomorrow.2

Tonight I called on Ay Sterling,—that is, towards 6, before dinner. A most lonely man; smoking cigars in his zinc house.3 Poor fellow, after all! His knee seems not to ail very much; only the monotonous lying on the back with nothing to do, is hard!— —Fanny is to bed; I have sat silent all day; and not had enough of walking yet. Good night, good night; and a thousand blessings be with you

T. Carlyle