October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO JOHN WELSH; 13 November 1832; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18321113-TC-JWE-01; CL 6:256.


Templand, Thornhill, Tuesday Night / 13th November 1832

My Dear Sir,

The melancholy duty devolves on me to inform you1 that your worthy Father2 seems in all human probability to be fast drawing to his end. It is hardly expected that he can be in life when you read this Letter. Such are the sad tidings Mrs Welsh bids me send you.

After her last message, he appeared not to alter, at least not for the worse: on Saturday he had a long sleep; but awoke from it, not strengthened as they had hoped, but feverish and weaker; since which time he has continued to decline. He seems not to suffer much pain, rather weariness and a feeling of confusion; is not unconscious, yet has no harrassing consciousness: the mercy of a mild death is to be anticipated for him. The Doctor has ceased to come; human aid can avail nothing.

Mrs Welsh, as you know, was herself on a sick-bed; but is now the watchfullest and alertest in the house. My Jane came over on Thursday, and today when I expected her return, I was myself sent for. So stands it with us here.— May God bless you!

Your affectionate Friend, /

T. Carlyle—