January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 24 May 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560524-TC-JAC-01; CL 31: 99-100


Chelsea, 25 [24?] May, 1856

My dear Brother,

Here is a Note (or long Letter rather, if I were not in such a hurry!) just come from Alick; and, lest I fail later in the afternoon, I will begin the day with packing that up for you,—to go on to Jean &c after you have done with it.

The temperature here has grown “perfectly delightful” (as temperature), and the weather I really believe to be propitious in a high degree, as well as pleasant. Lively west winds; bursts of brief sunshine, and a great deal of good rain.— Tomorrow, I think, is Whitsunday in your region; a day that brings many recollections back!1

Nothing is altered here, or nothing to speak of,—except that poor Jane has caught a bad cold again, and did not come down to breakfast this morning, whh is a sign of much suffering on her part. I hope nevertheless it will be off again in a day or two.— — I am busy, busy; but utterly lamed (9 days out of 10) by an overclouded state of nerves,—by the miserable state of liver, in fact! Often, such is the nature of my employt, I cannot get on at all on these terms; or find I could do more work in an hour, with spirits clear, than I can manage in a week with liver as it is! I am on search for a horse again, at least making some inquiry: I absolutely must attempt some improvement of my health before we begin printing: nothing is so necessary.

Seckendorf2 does contain 4 volumes;—the unfortunate mortal finished the military Histy in 2 volumes 1792 (which I have); and then did 2 others (1794) upon—the political do? Hoping that might be the case, and seeing a 4-vol. Copy cheap at Leipzig, I have ordered it. Yours too in the me[an]while is fairly a prize to me; and even with the 4 voll. copy I shall know how to dispose of it.

Letter from Emerson (after above a year),3 which you shall see, when we have got settled about the message or request in it. Request to call on some Yankee Lady of distinction;4 whose Address is not yet discovered.—Excellt news too of the old (down-broken) American Bond:5 it is now on its feet again,—worth £400 as I understand, and professes to pay 7 per cent! Money goes a mad road in this time.

People are very grumbly about an “Illumination” that is to be forced upon them; kindles itself on Thursday night,—under pain of broken glass, laugh, you!6—Adieu dear Brother. My kind love and remembrance to Jamie & the rest. Your affecte

T. Carlyle