The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE ; 29 December 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18381229-TC-AC-01; CL 10: 254-255


Chelsea, Saturday [29 December 1838]—

You will doubtless call on Monday, and get this frank into your possession; and I suppose open it if my Mother be at Annan. There ought to be the scrape of a pen in it specially for yourself.

All was right in regard to the barrel, as you hear;1 the tobacco, which I am now using, is as good as could be got; and what more would anybody have? Many thanks for the travelling and trouble you had with it. Compared with the London kind it does look amazingly like; and, if your Excise man speak true, may actually be of the same stock:2—and yet the taste was and is decidedly milder and altogether distinguishable: perhaps it is only its being 12 months older or so? No matter; the tobacco that tastes right in the pipe, that is the tobacco for me!

Your news of Ecclefechan and the Paterson riot are very characteristic of the place; very mournful and almost frightful.3 The distress is great here too. They must get a Poor-rate at Ecclefn too:4 what can they do? God knows where it will all end: not well, I doubt, for our generation or the next.

I should not like to advise you about Jack's cash and the buying of corn. It seems to be generally considered that corn will rise; I should say it would, most likely, almost certainly, rise for sometime yet; but whether it continue up will depend on the calculation people make being correct as to the actual deficiency, or exaggerated. Perhaps short adventures, small bargains an[d w]i[se] sale were the safest. I cannot ad[vise you.] Jane sends her love to you and Jenny and the th[ree sm]all-ones, to begin with the namesake. Remember me specially to Tom, and advise him to apply for breeches by and by. Ever your affectionate

T. Carlyle