July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 25 September 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470925-TC-JWC-01; CL 22: 93-94


Scotsbrig Saturday Night [25 September 1847]—

You cannot get this till Monday morning; however, let it go in the hope of finding you then. You would get the two Letters directly after sending off your own?— I addressed to you “at Addiscombe” a little Note, which will be arriving there just now, to welcome you to the place; and to bid you thank Lady Harriet in my name too for her goodness to you. They will return it to you on Monday evening I suppose, or Tuesday: there was in it a Note from Geraldine to me, touching Forster, which I wanted you to answer: nothing else of any moment whatever. Decidedly I guess you will be wise to keep at home now, as the matter has turned: two journies, and perhaps a sleepless night intervening, would do nothing for you!— Pity you did not “double up” that wretched Mrs Harries, and his marvellous notion as to diet,1—of which, to say truth, I have got quite weary. Would you like a certificate2 now after 20 years experience?

Here is an excellent pious Note from Erskine;3 pray keep it.— Graham insists on a ride to Grange (Mrs Johnstone “desperate” &c):4 so it is to take effect on Monday, or the first dry day after.— — Good night, dear little Goody; no use being angry, no! Take care of yourself; and report new improvement on Monday. Good night, my Goody.

T. Carlyle (in haste Tailors going off)

Pooh, pooh—almost forgotten!— Tell John to be so good as direct the Douglas Jerrold5 straight to James Aitken on Monday: there is a long delay by its coming here, and I get nothing but disgust from it. The Nation came; I suppose, had lain at Middlebie.