July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JANE WILSON; 4 December 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18371204-TC-JWI-01; CL 9:e2-394.


Chelsea, Monday [4 December 1837]

My dear Miss Wilson,

Ever since I saw you, as before, I have been half deaf, very busy,1 and almost altogether miserable: I seem, as it were wrapped in a case of catarrh, which will probably last me thro' the foggy months. There is nothing for me but to crouch low, and keep quiet tho' the sky came down. Taylor2 was here one night in my absence, speaking about Lecturing;—it makes me shudder to the marrow of the bone.

I remember an innocent looking young lady3 who came here once with the Misses Somerville:4 she shall see me again to her innocent heart's content, since it will give you a little satisfaction that she do it. Thursday the 14th, or any day. Only I must beg that you would say tea instead of Dinner; the latter being, in my present catarrhal state, a very serious enterprise.

My Wife, with thanks and compliments to you, reports favourably of herself; and indeed seems by dint of care to do wonderfully well.

I will hope to see you one of these afternoons, for my hurry of work will abate ere long.— (A shocking pen!)

Ever most truly Yours, /

T. Carlyle