July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 20 October 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551020-TC-JAC-01; CL 30: 86-87


Chelsea, 20 Octr, 1855—

My dear Brother,—I am very glad of your Note this morning: I had kept thinking about you all that night, about the cold darkness, the missing of that coat, and other sad misses we had made! However, it is all well; as well as it usually is in this poverty-stricken world; and we ought to be thankful.— You will have time to meditate a little, at Scotsbrig; and ascertain what you are going to do towards dropping anchor, and closing these pilgrimages into a settlement.

Mrs Fraser came down yesterday to Jane, but I did not see her; nor had she any news at all that I heard: only her interest about you, going out and coming in, is always very great.— The inclosed Letter also arrived yesterday morning; it will be ready for you on Monday; and that is the swiftest course I can give it.

Farie1 came down yesterday; very uninteresting, as usual: his merit is, that he knows it, and keeps reasonably out of the way.

We continue the fine weather you left us in; I suppose we have not got into our little “St Martin's Summer,” the finale of the year; and shall perhaps have a week or two of that mild pensive brightness, with the trees all getting red.— I have not been so far as Hyde Park Corner since you went.

The things wanted of Garthwaite2 are: 3 pairs of warm flannel drawers (good flannel, above all); certain pairs of trowsers and of winter waist-coats, all of dim-coloured woollen corduroy (the kind already known), colours steel grey, drab do, or brown; cloth extremely supple; and specimens to be sent. Waistcoats are to have flannel-sleeves and flannel linings; button to the top;—all as formerly. If he find any very thin supple cordy (grey or otherwise), they will be welcome in hopes of another summer. Let specimens be sent in the first place.

I suppose one of your first journeys will be to Dumfries: I hope to hear good news again soon. My affectionate regards to all.

Yours ever / T. Carlyle3

Russns are not “hollering,” to any dreadful extent, I doubt!4