August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO THOMAS ERSKINE ; 7 September 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430907-TC-TE-01; CL 17: 117


Kirkcaldy 7 Septr 1843

Dear Mr Erskine,

It shall be as you have said. I will go with you on Monday, and on Wednesday you shall send me home with your blessing.

Only this new circumstance is to be added: I too have to be over in Edinburgh, for which purpose either tomorrow or Saturday will suit; and the good Mr Fergus and his Sisters have long been ambitious of knowing you. Such being the state of matters they employ me to convey their cordial request that you would start on friday from home, and do them the honour of passing friday night in their house: on the morrow morning a carriage and boats at all hours for Edinburgh are at your service. I have of course held out no hope that you would comply (nor have I introduced any despair); I add only my hearty certificate that my Hosts here are people of peaceable elegant habits, of many good qualities, and that it will be a kind of epoch with them to see you under their roof.

Our Dundee-Mail for this day is past; but Mr Fergus conveys this in a parcel by the noon coach to Dundee, and there has one of his Correspondents instructed to forward it by express.1

I am to be heard of in Edinr at 29. Claremont street, Mr Gordon's—if on saturday, failing all this, there arose any chance of meeting. Failing everything I expect to find you in the Dundee Coach on Monday, and to get an outside place there, and fare along with you.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Dinner here is at six o'clock —