July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 30 October 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581030-TC-JCA-01; CL 34: 233


Chelsea, Saturday 3 p.m. [30 October 1858?]

Dear Jean,—Your two Articles of Winter Comfort (“bosom-friends,”1 we will call them) arrived yesterday; and are very nice and hopeful-looking. I have put them by till the grim of the winter come: we have beautiful weather for this week or two; but it cannot last,—indeed there are today symptoms of change for the worse.

I am busy as a bee,—stealing these half-minutes, while the Horse waits. I hope I am getting a thot better on; there is much need of it! But courage, courage!— We are both tolerably well; tho' poor Jane went out yesterday, and almost caught a whiff of cold. Will take care again. No news otherwise at all.

I must just give you my thanks and my blessing.— Bid yr Boy Jim call agn;2 he needs to be bidden; & I hardly ever have an instant.

Your affectionate /

T. Carlyle