August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 7 December 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571207-TC-JAC-01; CL 33: 127-129


Chelsea, Monday ([7] decr) 1857—

Dear Brother,—I hope you are coursing prosperously southward again, abt this time. I did not want anything in Edinr;1 but I wd have written a word that day, had not an especial whirl of hurries come. I am as ever overwhelmed in big and little confusions; and have no hope left, except (and even that is not a very ecstatic one) the hope of getting this intolerable mass of paper-clippings and paltry marine-stores2 shoved away from me to all eternity!— — Jane keeps afoot; but is always weakish. We have Tait continually painting at a view of the down-stairs room,—I think, for 8 or 10 months back! It is at last growing rather unendurable; and will have to end one way or other.— — This Letter from poor Jenny3 came by the Morning's post: a poor innocent Letter; bringing nothing but favourable news. You can send it to Jean and the rest of the kindred,—in what order you see best.

Sitting of Parlt is nothing or nearly so to us.4 Printers are fairly into the 2d volume; and they cannot well catch me: May next, May next!— A terrible tussle is going on, launching that Big Ship (Tait always reports),—“exactly the size of Gt George Street Westminster,” I hear!5

——Adieu dear Brother,—yours ever T. Carlyle

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The Leviathan or Great Eastern steamship

Illustrated London News, 7 November 1857