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Where and/or how did Thomas Carlyle and Jane Baillie Welsh meet?
Thomas had been introduced to Welsh by his friend and her tutor Edward Irving, with whom she came to have a mutual romantic (although not sexually intimate) attraction.
Why did Thomas Carlyle and Jane Baillie Welsh break up?
Carlyle became increasingly alienated from his wife. Although she had been an invalid for some time, her death (1866) came unexpectedly and plunged him into despair, during which he wrote his highly self-critical "Reminiscences of Jane Welsh Carlyle," published posthumously.
Other Relationship Information about Thomas Carlyle and Jane Baillie Welsh:
Carlyle married Jane Welsh in 1826, making the marriage one of the most famous, well documented, and unhappy of literary unions. Over 9000 letters between Carlyle and his wife have been published showing the couple had an affection for one another marred by frequent and angry quarrels.