January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 13 August 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560813-JWC-TC-01; CL 31: 174-175


Sunny Bank / Wednesday [13 August 1856]

I must answer, head over heels if I am to be in time for your Tailor. Your letter is just come, and in half an hour the carriage will be round to take me to Aberleddy to visit Helen Howden.1 When I come home it will be after the afternoon post hour.

I think the grey checked duffle very pretty, and that it is likely enough I should still abide by it after looking at what others are to be had in Edinr— So I dont think it would be worth while to go to Edinr from here and back again—to that end—the journey would cost seven shillings, and it is a bothering, and tiresome journey, for the distance; involving a change of trains, and a drive to and from the Station. If you couldnt have got any duffle there but an ugly one, of course I shouldnt have thought of the seven shillings and the bother—but it seems to me it would be just thrown away as it is— I looked at duffles when I was in Edinr, with view to a winter gown for myself, if I lived to need one; and decided that I could get better and cheaper in London. The Edinr Shops being all laid out now, to catch the eye and do the idle strangers wandering about, and buying something Scotch to take back as trophies—of their idleness.

As to the cape I think unless you got a waterproof one, the same checked grey duffle would do very nicely. only it should be lined with flannel between the duffle and the linen—to thicken it in appearance, as well as make it warmer.

I go from here next Monday—and will stay at my Aunts till the Thursday. So if you have any commissions to give me still in Edinr, they can be done there, in the course of nature.

I will answer Jane's2 kind letter tomorrow.

Poor Reichenbach will be glad to find his character getting rehabilitated whatever else—I will send the “scrap” by the first American post Yours faithfully

Jane W C