The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 29 August 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530829-TC-MAC-01; CL 28: 256


Chelsea, 29 Augt, 1853—

My dear Mother,

This morning there came a Newspaper from Alick, with the comfortable two strokes on it; I inclose you the Cover, to give you a moment's satisfaction by the sight of it. In the Newspaper itself there was nothing but the usual hogshead of dirty wash; rumours of “elections,” abuses of governors, quarrels with brother editors, and so forth; which I can retain here, without damage, for lighting of pipes,

On friday I wrote to Jean; so have no news more. I hope Jean will soon answer me;—may she have good news to send!

Our weather is getting quite cool in the evenings and morning: but is of great brightness (as today) when the sun fairly gets the upper hand, and usually hot enough still; tho' we have had frequent very stormy rains. Our builders are very busy, and many of them; they are clever fellows, too; and I think will finish both soon and well. We have four weeks of it yet at the very least. John Chorley looks over everything for me; gleg as a hawk; mounts twice or thrice a week by the outer ladder,—it must be about 50 feet high on the very top of all: I never stir off the ground hitherto, and do not mean to ascend till there is a staircase. The roof is now all on, so that we have nothing more to do with rain: this morning I fell asleep again in spite of the hammering overhead, and added two hours to my otherwise deficient stock.— Jane has gone out to walk; and so now must I. Not the least news about the Glen case yet; nothing for us but wait!—

Dear good Mother, I have nothing but my wishes, affections, and heart's-prayers to send you: and, alas, what are those good for? May God bless you, and us all! In Him let us never cease to trust, for Time and Eternity.—— With love to all, Ever your affectionate