April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 20 September 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490920-TC-JAC-01; CL 24: 241


Scotsbrig, Thursday Evg [20 September 1849]

Dear Brother,

Along with your Letter of today, for which take many thanks, there came this, which as it is postable I enclose. It strikes me as probably from the same source as the pamphlet Letter mentioned in mine of yesterday: “Pimlico”1 is stamped on both, and the hands have a resemblance.

Jane had written to me on Tuesday; we trust to hear tomorrow that she arrived duly. What day I go is yet unfixed; but the train, I imagine, ought to be the Express one: 12.42 from Lockerby, into London at 11.— Jamie is gone to Annan, in hopes I believe of catching up some debts due. Weather still good; finis of cutting here is fixed for tomorrow. Potatoes all rotting here and hereabouts, branch and root. No other news,—no news at all, that is!

W. Grahame arrived here two hours ago, woe betide bad luck! I have missed my dinner for him, given him tea, and now he is only waiting for this to go his way towards Ecclefechan. My Mother is talking with him in the other room till I end. Let me end. Write soon,—what day you are coming, so soon as that fixes itself with you.

Ever your affe / T. Carlyle

Voyage en Espagne is really tolerable idle-reading.