The Collected Letters, Volume 4


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE; 12 December 1827; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18271212-TC-AC-01; CL 4:294.


Comley Bank, 12th December 1827.

… With a happy surprise, our Mother and Jane popped in here upon us last Wednesday night!1 They stood their journey well, and are doing well; only that the boisterous weather is against seeing sights, and my feebleness prevents me somewhat from officiating as Guide. Nevertheless to-day I had them in the Castle, etc.; and by degrees, I suppose we shall get the whole city mastered. They tell us that all is well at Scotsbrig, only our Father still a little weak. …

All good wishes to you and your little Missus from all and sundry here assembled! The whole three are sitting sewing in the most peaceful manner at my hand: our Mother has been reading the Man of Feeling2 and my last Paper (with great estimation) in the Edinburgh Review. God bless you and poor wee Mary.— I am ever your affectionate Brother,

Thomas Carlyle.