The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 21 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520821-TC-JAC-01; CL 27: 241


Scotsbrig, 21 Augt, 1852—

Dear Brother,—We have got your Letter; and are all well. Jean will go on Monday by way of Annan; she dislikes the crowd and hubbub of the Coach-journey, which besides is dearer than the train. Her plan is1 to take the Gig with Jamie down to Annan; and catch the train that passes that way a little before six. The Gig then, on its return, might catch you, or your luggage at Ecclefn abt 8½ I said “is,” but must substitute “was”; for it appears there is to be some wedding at Todholes2 on Monday, and the Gig may possibly be needed otherwise: in which case, Jean, abt the same hour, will take the Pony;—and as for you—unless you give us warning again, I see not what we can do in the way of meeting; but of course you can witht difficulty use your own feet if the morning is fair; and we still hope to see you shortly after noon.

Two Letters have come; but they do not seem worth forwarding, either of them; and indeed the one is a big unhandy thing with “railway” printed on the corner of it.

Adieu till Monday.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle