August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 10 February 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580210-TC-JCA-01; CL 33: 180-181


Chelsea, Wedy 10 feby, 1858—

Dear Jean,—I got yr Letter yesterday, whh I was very glad to read: Jim1 seems to be in the thick of the business at Liverpool; and he must not let himself be repulsed by difficulties. I do not know the Farie he went to; but there is no doubt he wants to help him if he can.2

This morning came the enclosed from Canada to you: it was at first a mystery to me how I shd have got hold of it: but on reading Tom's3 little Note, the matter became clear. It is a pleasant cordial and clear delineation by poor Alick, one of the best accounts we have yet got of his real position, and what his Household may be conceived to be like. Doubtless you will send the Letter forward among the rest of the kindred,—Dr first.— — Jane is still a close prisoner, sleeps ill &c &c; but keeps up her spirits wonderfully too, and has never been so low at all as she was last winter. Our weather is of the grimmest february sort, the harshest we have had this year: were that once gone, the air will be softened, and perhaps she may get out by some sunny blink.

I am but weak myself, tho' complaining of nothing special: in fact greatly spent by the long hideous swim I have had, in an element that has often looked like being too strong for me. I still waggle along, but wish much I had a little more strength! You talked about my being done in 3 weeks; alas, it was 3 months you meant, whh is a difft story. Never mind!—

I have not another moment; must therefore say Adieu.— Poor Aird;4—give my kind remembrances to him. To James & your own house, need not be mentioned.— Ever your affectionate T. Carlyle