The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN; 15 June 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510615-TC-JCA-01; CL 26: 89-90


Chelsea, 15 june, 1851—

Dear Jean,

I quite forgot, last time, to ask you precisely what it was that the Medallion for my Mother, first and last, had cost you. I remember only the 3/6 or some such sum which you paid for the carriage. Pray tell me, at once, what the exact amount of the whole was: I say, at once, because I am at any rate sending the Doctor some money, and if I knew your account I could club the whole together. It seems you are just going over to Scotsbrig: if there is still time for me to answer you at Dumfries before you go, I will commission you to get both Jack's money and your own out of the Bank for me, and so save trouble: if there is not time now (as I rather fear), then pray instruct Jack to pay you for me, and do you immediately send me the note of what it is, and I will then direct a cheque to him for the whole, both his and yours. Now pray do not neglect this: it will do the business with the minimum of trouble,—which is the right way of doing all kinds of business.

Our little sculptor was here the other night, and promises to have your medallion on the road before this week end: I will send you due notice of the day.—— I am kept very busy with my Printers; have bother enough otherwise; and need to swim lustily in order to make any way at all. Helen Welsh is here, doing well enough. Our weather is very blustery and damp-grey; a kind of weather I do not object to at this season. I will write to Jack or my Mother, enclosing Alick's Letter. Kind regards to James.— Ever yours

T. Carlyle