The Collected Letters, Volume 28


JWC TO BETTY BRAID ; 13 July 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530713-JWC-BB-01; CL 28: 201-202


Moffat 13th July [1853]

My dearest Betty

I am afraid almost to tell you that I am here; without be[ing]1 able to say positively that I am coming to see you. When I left London to see you was one of the chief pleasures I expected from my travels. I intended to be in Scotland some six weeks at least and to go to Haddington and Fife. But now it seems likely I shall have to return to London, almost immediately without having seen anyone but my Husbands relations in Dumfriesshire. Mr Carlyle remained behind at Chelsea having never recovered (he says) from the knocking about he had last year in Scotland and Germany while the house was repairing He is very melancholy and helpless, left alone, at the best of times—and now I am afraid he is going to have a great sorrow in the death of his old Mother. She has been in a frail way for years back but within the last few days her weakness has increased so much that Dr Carlyle thinks it probable enough she may not rally again. In which case I shall go home at once to be some help to Mr Carlyle. I am staying now with Dr Carlyle's wife while he himself is gone to see his Mother—and his report tonight will decide me what to do— So in case I do not see you, dear Betty—and I fear I shall not see you, here is a ribbon in remembrance of my birthday—with a kiss and my blessing— Mr Erskine writes that he saw you and liked you very much2—I am sure you would like him too—

The little view at the top of this sheet is where I live in London3

Bishop Terrot told me George4 was poorly when he saw you last—I hope he is recovered—tell me all about yourself soon. If I do not write within a week address to me Cheyne Row Chelsea

affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle