The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN; 28 June 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510628-TC-JCA-01; CL 26: 94-95


Chelsea, Saty, 28 june / 1851—

My dear Jean,

At length our little sculptor writes to me that the Medallion (shamefully delayed by the Frame-maker) is underway; I hope you have it safe by the time this arrives. “Carriage paid to Dumfries”; a little box: all ought to come safe.

With regard to the other article framed at Dumfries, and still there, I think you had better keep it, of the two, as it was your own choice in framing,—tho' if my Mother prefers that (as is not likely), I beg you will let her choose. But on one thing there can be no doubt at all: that I will and must pay all charges on that especially, which was my express commission to you;—therefore pray send the account at once (with notice what day you are to go for Scotsbrig, that I may see how to send the money); and pray do not make another word about it, for I can hear none!—

When you go to Scotsbrig there is also another Commission I have for you: to buy me stuff for two pairs of jean trowsers (not too light in the yellow, with good sleek metal mould-buttons, enough of cloth); and give the same to Tom Garthwaite at Ecclefechan, that he must be roomy enough, or suffer for it!— You had better buy this stuff just at once, and add the sum to the other account, so that I may pay the whole at once. I will take the trowsers themselves by some opportunity from Scotsbrig, the first I can get; or else make one. I have two pairs of “yellow drill” since last year; but the wretched Snip1 has quite misfitted me, and Tom will be good occasional relief.— — It has now grown fiercely hot here; and I am kept like a cock on a spit; but have soon to be looser now. My poor liver, as natural, is not in the best order (tho' not so ill as last year); I sometimes think of Malvern Water-Cure2 for a country refuge But we shall see.

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle