The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 23 July 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520723-TC-JAC-01; CL 27: 175-176


Linlathen, Dundee

Friday 12½ p.m. [23 July 1852]

My dear Brother,

Here I am, just arrived, after a very favourable voyage, which was not unpleasant during the transaction of it, and has done no ill, but rather, if anything, good.— As they are about sending off to the post, I think it better to write this, for my good Mother's sake, without any delay, tho' properly I have nothing else to write.

They are not “solitary” here, as I had half fancied; on the contrary there is a goodly assemblage of ladies and gentlemen (unbedeutenden [insignificant]) young and old: but the weather is delightful, the Summer still in all its glory here; the Sea too is within reach (where I mean to go bathing this very day): and daily, by bargain, I am to have six hours for my own private reading:—so, to all appearance, I shall do very well for my term of “ten days.”

Jane came with me down the River, to the Steamer itself, and did not quit till we were just going to sail: she and Nero returned in the boat again (from below the St Katharine Docks),—and were soon lost to me amid the shipping of the Pool.

Tell my Mother all these things to keep her good heart easy. And write to me here,—as minutely as your convenience will allow, about everything that is going on round you.— Tell Jamie I see showers here, and a great appearance of crop: the fields were white for the sickle1 about the mouth of the Thames, but I did not notice anything cut.

With blessings to my dear mother, and love to you all

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle