1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO JANE BAILLIE WELSH; 3 April 1825; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18250403-TC-JBW-01; CL 3:310-311.


18. Salisbury-street, Edinr— / Sunday-night [3 April 1825].

My Dearest,

I arrived here on Friday evening, jaded and fevered by a day of multifarious and disagreeable travelling: I meant to write to you on Saturday; but the tedious perplexities of certain Jewish Booksellers detained me, too little heedful of the flight of time, till the last Haddington Coach had departed. I have yet made no agreement, and intend to make none till I have more accurately seen my way thro' matters: but to-morrow I shall have farther consultations; and after that, the moment you write to me, I shall hasten to the blessed East.1 If this parcel be honestly delivered, you will still have time to write by the post on Monday; your letter will reach me here on Tuesday at eleven o'clock, and that same evening I shall be at your side! Do not delay one instant, if you are a good girl: I long to see your kind face once again lighted up with satisfaction in my presence. Be good, and write directly, if your Mother will permit. I shall wait with no ordinary impatience for the coming of the postman: heaven grant he may bring me favourable tidings, that we may meet again in affection, and spend the little space allotted us as our hearts and reason wish it should be spent!— Write instantly; and if Tuesday will not do, say what day will, and reckon on me then.— Good night, my Dearest! “Come to my dreams,” and annihilate the space and the difficulties that divide us! God bless you! I am ever yours,

Thomas Carlyle—