July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 15 August 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550815-TC-JAC-01; CL 30: 32-33


Bredfield, Woodbridge14 [15] Augt (Wednesday) 1855

My dear Brother,

Fitz and I have come over to this place (which is the Parsonage of one Crabbe, Poet Crabbe's son, a very honest wholesome man); have been here since Monday; but are going back to Farlingay tomorrow;—and on Saturday I go home by the Ipswich Steamer: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blackwall,1—and say the usual dinner time at Chelsea, if all go well.

Your Letter came to me the day after my arrival: very welcome indeed. I have bathed daily, have been much driven about in the Farmer's gig, and have passed my time not unpleasantly; I suppose even this 8 days of a totally new mode of living will prove of some benefit. But I need not talk of all that; being in “dreadful hurry” just now, dinner waiting, and post not to be saved except at gallop! That Letter of Alick's came to me this morning; and except it go now, you will not get it till next week.

Tell Jamie all is busy here with wheat harvest; excellent crop, they report, and weather now looking steady grey; whh is a great comfort. The Potatoe blight, however, has appeared since the rain ended; and I have seen it unmistakeable.

I have bathed daily; I have been at Aldborough, which is a very pretty and very quiet and sequestered bathing-place,—whither I invited Jane, if she were so minded, to come and join me for another fortnight: but she has other speculations, on the Brighton side of the world, and it is not impossible but we may go thither for a little while, were I home again.

My affectionate regards to Jamie, Isabella & their household. I am full of haste,—and Yours ever

T. Carlyle