The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 22 July 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410722-TC-JWC-01; CL 13: 194-195


Dumfries, Thursday [22 July 1841] 4 o'clock


I got along hither1 much better than you perhaps anticipated; I have even managed to get some hours of sleep, and am taking the road not at all in desperate circumstances. Would to Heaven I could hear that my poor Jeannie had got to sleep! I have done little but think tragically enough about my poor Lassie all day; about her and all the history we have had together! Alas,— But let us not take the tragic side of it: all tragedy has a moral and a blessing in it withal.——— It was the beautifullest sunrise when I left Templand; herons were fishing in the Nith; few other creatures yet abroad. I could not make the cock hold his tongue on the roost; I am afraid he still kept thee awake. Alas, the poor Dame has too probably lain all day with a headache. Write to me, write to me.

Explain all my suddenness to your Mother, to our kind friends; express all my regrets to them, all my &c &c. If the Newby Cottage have any room, perhaps Walter and one of the young Ladies2 will perhaps run down and look at us there yet.

A coach arrives here from Thornhill about 3 p.m., and in a quarter of an hour goes on again to Annan. But I will meet you here. Adieu, my hapless beloved Jeannie! Sleep and be well, and let us meet not tragically. Adieu.

T. Carlyle