The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 4 February 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400204-TC-JCA-01; CL 12: 27


Chelsea, 4th [February 1840]

My dear Jean,

The inclosed Letter, now that I have1 … a penny to you. Jack is safe at Dublin; and even had a … passage that Saturday night; tho' it blew here, and my anxieties about, not his ultimate safety, but the confused tumble he might be undergoing, were considerable. He has written to our Mother, he says. Will you take half a sheet of paper, and send this Letter of his forward to Mary “Gill, Cummertrees (Annan?)”: she is the only one not likely to get tidings soon.

The Murray Potters wrote to me yesterday from Glasgow;2 the Pipes were sent off on the 6th of January; have been acknowledged as here, that is to say somewhere in the eastern part of London: I sent their Letter yesterday to a friend in that region, and hope in a day or two to see the Box face to face. I have still one or two; they have lasted like the widow's cruise [sic].

We are both well enough; all goes on well … inconstant weather. Your Letter came duly; right w[elcome] … fancying it might be new there. Jamie wrote to me … [Scots]brig What a strange circuit for news to take!— … especially of damp or cold feet.

Ever your aff[ectionate /

T. Carlyle]