TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 23 April 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410423-TC-JCA-01; CL 13: 111
TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN
Scotsbrig, Friday Afternoon [23 April 1841]
We accomplished our expedition very happily yesterday: in spite of stopping both at Gill and Ecclefechan, we got here with the sun still shining cheerfully, and our good Mother no way incommoded. Today I do not think such a feat would have been practicable. Our Mother had a good sleep last night, and really looks little below her ordinary way today. We keep her in the house, good fires about her; Isabella assiduously managing all. It is very lucky the business has ended so.— My Mother says Jean's waiting on her was “wonderfu'; I wate na [know not] when I'll get her paid, poor thing!”
Mary yesterday was as brisk as ever. They had never yet got your Letter; which your Goodman himself left in the Postman's quarters! You should mark on the back of them the day of the week and month; that might be a kind of check.
I have had some sleep, but am terribly churned to pieces. Nothing is so good for me as to sit here, and do and even say as nearly as possible Nothing.— A Letter from Jane this morning reports all to be well. I have not been down at Jenny's yet; but must try perhaps to walk so far this evening.
Jamie's Boy ought to be waiting down stairs before now! Our Mother is in bed; courting sleep, by a gentle perusal of one of my Books. Good day, dear Sister. I hear some talk of Glen Stewart house (near Mary, near the Gill & Kinmont) for our summer residence;3 but I fear it will come to little or nothing.
Your affectionate Brother /
My respects to both Jameses,—very small respects to the young one,4 who would not take my penny when offered him!