The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 4 September 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510904-TC-JAC-01; CL 26: 148-149


Scotsbrig, 4 Septr, 1851—

Dear Brother,

I have not got a word from Jane yet, and do not know whether you know her address, or could send that Note forward to her. So I write today addressing Miss Jewsbury, and hoping to find her thro' one Ireland of the Manchester Examiner.1— The Portmanteau came to hand all safe and right before my Note to you was well away: very glad news indeed;—but her address was not there still, at least not that I can find anywhere.

These Income-Tax Papers are partly of importance and partly of none. The big one is such as is left annually (I believe) and annually thrown into the fire; the little one seems to indicate that Ludlow2 has not been paid when his last account fell due,—an affair which is usually managed by Jane, and of which I know nothing at all: these villainous beasts of prey, which are forever prowling about one's house, occasionally fall into that predicament, if one is out when they call! I have written this day to Jane about it; and she, I suppose, will direct you to pay it, for it probably is due as the poor Ludlow seems in a circuitous way to urge. This is all today: more before long. I am busy on the Chalmers3 (thanks); have not yet got to sleep; and have seen or done nothing since I last wrote.— One 'bacco-pipe was left to me in the Portu when it came: but Jamie is to Annan today, and will bring me a dozen if he can. Our poor Mother & the rest of them are in their usual way. Beautiful autumn weather; no shearing farther up than the land of Middlebie: carrying of bog-hay goes on here today. Adieu dear Brother. Yours ever T. Carlyle